Speech Reading Passages

A speech is a spoken address given to an audience that expresses the thoughts, ideas, or opinions of the speaker. Speeches may also include a call to action or attempts to energize listeners.

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Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the year. Women have overcome daunting odds to succeed and excel in all areas of human endeavor, including science, manufacturing, athletics, business, and exploration. These passages about outstanding women cover the broad spectrum of the accomplishments of notable women. Their stories are sure to inspire your students. 

Reading Set: 18 Passages

U.S. Presidents

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States. They have lead the country through wars, economic depressions, and monumental achievements. Some were assassinated, some died in office, two were impeached, and one resigned from office. The stories of their lives reflects 200 years of American history. This reading set on the presidents includes multiple grade levels and both fiction and nonfiction.

Reading Set: 10 Passages

Susan B. Anthony and the Right to Vote

by Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a devout women’s rights activis...

422 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea

President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech

by John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated on January 2...

318 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1300L +, Figurative Language

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Date of Infamy

by Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to Congres...

518 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Main / Central Idea and Summary

John F. Kennedy: Why the Moon?

President John F. Kennedy set an ambitious goal in 1961 that America would land on the moon before the end of the decade. In th...

683 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1300L +, Figurative Language and Main / Central Idea

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

by Abraham Lincoln

Noted for its beautiful and compelling language, Abr...

325 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Context Clues and Summary

President Theodore Roosevelt’s 7th Annual Message to Congress

by Theodore Roosevelt

An avid conservationist, President Theodore Roosevel...

689 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1300L +, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, and Summary