“Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,

Adorns and cheers our way;

And still, as darker grows the night,

Emits a brighter ray.”


Oliver Goldsmith, The Captivity, An Oratorio

Do you need something to teach?  Right now?

Have your students paraphrase the above quote.  And perhaps do some biographical inquiries.  Goldsmith was a friend to another famous writer.

See below for a list of short stories that explore the idea of hope.


Course: The Risen

Word Count: 1,190 words

Reading Level: secondary

Genre: fiction

Summary: When faced with a possible extinction event there is only one thing that will save humanity.