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The Mortal Immortals by Mary Shelley is a short story by the author of Frankenstein about a man who drinks an elixir that makes him immortal. At first, he thinks that immortality promises him eternal happiness. However, it soon becomes clear that he is cursed to endure eternal psychological torture as everyone he loves dies.

Jennifer Gill reads aloud the short story. Great for the whole class to listen to as they follow along or for individual students who struggle staying focused on a text.

You can access the video directly on YouTube here:

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Curated Short Stories Library for Busy English Teachers

Looking for easy-to-access, classroom-tested short stories, video/audio adaptations, paired texts, and ideas for implementing them in your classroom? Engage students in reading and analyzing short stories to help them build their confidence and stamina for reading the passages in your state test -- and so they'll see themselves as capable readers!