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Timeless Tales: Planning a Perfect Prison

It rains on the morning of a big outdoor event, or there's a traffic jam on the way to the airport. Do these sound familiar? Sometimes plans are made, but the unexpected happens and derails them. This timeless tale features industrious penguins, a sneaky thief, and an elaborate plan to keep the thief from stealing again. But it turns out the thief has some skills the penguins didn't account for. Listen to hear how even the best laid plans can go awry.


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Story Length: 10:03

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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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