Journal / Diary Reading Passages

A journal or diary is a private, contemporaneous account of the happenings in the author's life, as well as the author's feelings, opinions, and innermost thoughts. Journals and diaries may have daily observations, or they may have more irregular entries.

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California, the Golden State. It was the discovery of gold there in the late 1840s that started a mass migration across the Nor...

Reading Set: 9 Passages

The Great White North

Gold, cold, dogs, and sleds: nothing says Alaska and the Yukon territory of Canada like those four things. This reading set fea...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

My First Summer in the Sierra

Famed conservationist John Muir traveled through the Sierra  Nevada Mountains in 1869. He was with shepherds and a flock of she...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Across the Plains

In 1879, author Robert Louis Stevenson traveled from Great Britain to New York. From there, he took a train across the United...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Mary Chesnut: News of Lincoln's Assasination

by Mary Boykin Chesnut from A Diary from Dixie

This diary entry from a Confederate general's wife r...

381 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Point of View

Mary Chesnut: The Firing on Ft. Sumter

by Mary Boykin Chesnut from A Diary from Dixie

Mary Chesnut (1823-1886) was an upper class South Ca...

776 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Summary

Washington. The Legislature. And The President’s House

by Charles Dickens from American Notes for General Circulation

Chapter VIII passage: The White House today receives...

392 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, and Figurative Language

The Rush

by May Kellogg Sullivan from A Woman Who Went to Alaska

Chapter IV passage: During the Klondike Gold Rush in...

429 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Character Traits and Main / Central Idea

The Yosemite

by John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra

Chapter V passage: After arriving in California in 1...

925 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Summary

To the High Mountains

by John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra

Chapter IV passage: John Muir, famed naturalist and ...

853 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language and Summary