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Possibilities: A Supplemental Anthology

Possibilities, a literature anthology of fifty short stories, poems, essays, and speeches, integrates thematically with the lessons in the Career Choices series text. Students receive career advice from John Updike, inspiration from Emily Dickinson, and life planning tips from Ralph Waldo Emerson, while exploring activities that meet the Common Core State Standards.

A Sampling of the Selections in Possibilities

  • Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    by James Thurber
  • A Dream Deferred
    by Langston Hughes
  • Sympathy
    by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Hope
    by Emily Dickinson
  • from Self-Reliance
    by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Savings Book
    by Gary Soto
  • To Build a Fire
    by Jack London
  • To Be of Use
    by Marge Piercy
  • The Boys’ Ambition
    by Mark Twain
  • I Hear America Singing
    by Walt Whitman
  • The Road Not Taken
    by Robert Frost
  • Sonnet 43
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    by Maya Angelou
  • Ex-Basketball Player
    by John Updike

“This is a most helpful approach to teaching ‘required’ literature. The questions at the end of each selection were great because they were thought-provoking and stimulated the students to think critically.”

Stacy Raley, Language Arts Teacher
Louisville, GA

Use both Career Choices and Possibilities as:

  A semester or year-long class in the English department.
  A team teaching opportunity with the English department and the school counselor, career technician, or family and consumer sciences teacher
  Two supporting integrated classes (for example, a freshman transition course coupled with 9th grade English).

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