Biography / Autobiography Reading Passages

Biography is the fact-based story of a person's life written by a third party. An autobiography is the fact-based story of a person’s life which is written by that person. 

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African American Inventors

There are many unsung African American heros and heroines in science and technology. Their contributions are often unknown to most people, although their inventions are of great importance. Many of these inventions were fundamental in engineering, agricultural, and medicine. This Reading Set introduces some of these inventors and their inventions to students.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

African American Inventors: Granville T. Woods

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Inventor Granville Woods overcame early obstacles to...

283 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

African American inventor Lewis Latimer is the paten...

213 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: Patricia Bath

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Patricia Bath was the first black female doctor to r...

245 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: George Washington Carver

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Born into slavery, George Washington Carver would ev...

343 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy

by R.V. Staff Writer A.A.

One of the premier inventors of his time, Elijah McC...

213 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

Nature writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson wrote the highly controversial book, “Silent Spring.” The book had the chemica...

439 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Nathanael Greene, the Youngest Brigadier General in the Continental Army

Nathanael Greene had aspirations to be an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolution. The problem though was he...

381 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Summary and Theme

Abraham Lincoln, the Inventor

Abraham Lincoln is well-known as the 16th President of the United States, but he was also an inventor. Abe loved tinkering and ...

520 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Indian Life and Adventure

by Ohiye S’a/Charles Alexander Eastman from Indian Boyhood

Chapter X Passage: Ohiye S’a, whose English name was...

239 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Story Elements