For centuries, humans have
attempted to codify the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and freedoms each
person has in a society. This Reading Set is a collection of some of the most
important documents in this ongoing quest to form “a more perfect union.”
Reading Set: 5 Passages
The French Revolution
began in 1789 and took the idea of modern democracy from the fledgling United
States to Europe. A period of social, political, and economic upheaval, it has
been the setting for many seminal works by major authors, including Charles Dickens
and Victor Hugo. This Reading Set includes both fiction and nonfiction
passages along with related reading comprehension questions.
Reading Set: 4 Passages
by Abraham Lincoln
In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lin...
735 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary
by Charles Dickens
Book the Third—the Track of a Storm, Part IV passage...
515 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, Summary, and Theme
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. These amendments were finally ratified in 1791...
489 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Fact and Opinion and Summary
by Second Continental Congress
The Declaration of Independence was the document ado...
379 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary
by Charles Dickens from A Tale of Two Cities
Book the First, Chapter I Passage: Charles Dickens w...
251 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Theme
by O. Henry
"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry is a favorite Chr...
140 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary
by Clement C. Moore
While this beloved Christmas poem was published anon...
553 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “...
312 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Figurative Language