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These plays, published by Benchmark Education Company, are for the Grades 4-6 classroom. Each play has parts for many actors, with the aim of involving kids in reading aloud with expression. Each play-book includes a glossary, along with background information about the setting.

Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth 
Jesse Owens: Fastest Human

The Fountain of Youth—drink from it and you'll never grow old. Is it a legend? Ponce de Leon didn't think so. 

The New Colossus
Thomas Edison Invents the Lightbulb

When you're known as the world's fastest human, people expect a lot. In the 1936 Olympic Games, Jesse Owens gave people more than they could imagine.



Ellis Island, New York City, 1906: A teenage boy from Russia and a young woman from Italy face the same struggles that many immigrants experience in a new land. 


In the 1870s, people lit their homes, schools, and businesses with gas lamps and candles. Can Thomas Edison brighten the world with a long-lasting electric lightbulb?



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