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The Tree by H.P. Lovecraft is a beautifully written macabre short story that explores friendship, fate.and ironic endings in an ancient Greek setting.

Play the audio while students follow along to help them comprehend the text.

You can access the video directly on YouTube here:

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Curated Short Stories Library

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!