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Overcoming Challenges: A Magical Tree

Every story starts as a small idea, or seed, and then—if nurtured and worked on—grows into a complete tale. In this audio story, an author and a 12-year-old girl work together to grow a story seed into a tale about a young athlete overcoming a challenge. Listen to hear about the process two writers used to craft a story about confronting personal challenges and fears and figuring out how to overcome them.

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Story Length: 11:05

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

Discussion Themes

  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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Listening Organizers

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  • Deeper Meaning Chart