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Documents of Freedom

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

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

The Emancipation Proclamation

by Abraham Lincoln

In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lin...

735 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Calm in Storm

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 U.S. Bill of Rights

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

The Declaration of Independence

by Second Continental Congress

The Declaration of Independence was the document ado...

379 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

The Period

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

The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry is a favorite Chr...

140 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

A Visit From St. Nicholas

by Clement C. Moore

While this beloved Christmas poem was published anon...

553 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language

The Courtship of Miles Standish

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “...

312 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Figurative Language