Jackson's Voice Lessons
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||high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
||Flesch-Kincaid grade level:
||archives, buggies, chamber-like, courageous, embarrassment, flickered, intent, lund, pointed, heartbeat, entire, reflection, coward, finding, boring, whatever
||Jackson James, Archives Chamber
Jackson's Voice Lessons
By Joyce Furstenau
1 Jackson James wandered about the museum with his classmates. "This old stuff is boring," he told Wyatt. "I'd like to see something really neat."
2 "I think it's fun. Some of these things are really old. Can you imagine traveling in a wagon that looks like that?" said Wyatt as he pointed to a Conestoga wagon.
3 Wyatt continued looking at the displays, and when he got to the end of the buggies, he noticed Jackson was not there. "That Jackson!" he said to himself. "He's going to be in trouble before this trip is over, I'm sure."
4 Jackson had indeed wandered off to a different part of the museum. He pulled on one door and then another trying to find something really neat. He was certain he would impress everyone if he could find something no one else had seen. He was so intent on finding something "neat" that Jackson didn't bother to read the signs on the doors he was trying to open.
5 Finally, Jackson managed to locate a door that was unlocked. He pushed it open and looked inside. He didn't bother to read the sign posted on this door either. It read: "Archives Chamber: This chamber will automatically lock and lights will shut off when no movement is detected."
6 Jackson stepped into a very large room. It had a very high ceiling and lots of shelves. Suddenly, the lights flickered and dimmed, and Jackson found himself in near darkness in this huge chamber. He shouted, "Hey!" To his surprise, he heard a voice in the chamber respond, "Hey!" Jackson shouted again, "What's going on?" The voice asked the same question, "What's going on?"
7 Jackson put his hands out and touched the cool wall. Very slowly, he tried working his way back to the door in the dimness. Feeling fearful, Jackson called himself a name. "Coward!" Jackson heard the chamber voice say it, too. "Coward!" Jackson was becoming more afraid. He yelled, "Quit that!" The chamber voice replied, "Quit that!"
8 Jackson was nearly frozen in his tracks by now and was barely moving. It was dark, and the only thing he could do was feel for the doorknob. With his hands feeling along the wall, he crept slowly back in the same direction he thought he had come. Jackson cried out, only to hear his words repeated back to him, "Loser!... Coward!... Dork!" The voice repeated his insults, mocking him.
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