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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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 States to San Francisco. His reflections on the trip were later published as a series of memoirs. In this reading set are excerpts from sections of the first chapter of the book.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Fellow-Passengers

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

While more famous for his adventure novels such as “...

510 Words, 7th-9th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Leaves from the Notebook of an Emigrant Between New York and San Francisco

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

“Across the Plains” was Robert Louis Stevenson’s tra...

322 Words, 7th-9th Grades, Context Clues and Figurative Language

To the Golden Gates

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

Robert Louis Stevenson traveled across the United St...

572 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Context Clues and Figurative Language

The Plains of Nebraska

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

More noted for his works of fiction and poetry, Robe...

651 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Main / Central Idea

The Emigrant Train

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

Chapter 2 passage: Scottish author Robert Louis Stev...

329 Words, 5th-7th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Main / Central Idea

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

by Henry David Thoreau from Walden

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a noted American...

642 Words, 10th-12th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Theme