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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

Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of many of his more notable works, like "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe wrote other less ominous poems and stories as well. This Reading Set included passages for many of Poe's most famous works, as well as some lesser-known treasures.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Helen Learns Words

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter IV passage: This passage is from Helen Kelle...

879 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Little Helen

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter II passage: Helen Keller was an extraordinar...

619 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

The Mayflower Compact

by The Pilgrims

The Mayflower Compact was a document written and sig...

322 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

How We Kept Thanksgiving at Oldtown

by Harriet Beecher Stowe from Oldtown Folks

Chapter XXVII Passage: Harriet Beecher Stowe, best k...

272 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Context Clues and Figurative Language

A Christmas Fairy

by John Strange Winter from The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories

“A Christmas Fairy” is a short story published in 19...

448 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Theme

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

by RV staff writer J.C.

Vanessa isn’t known for being an “early bird” but on...

504 Words, 5th-6th Grades, 800L - 990L, Figurative Language and Theme

Boyhood and Youth

by Theodore Roosevelt from Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography

Chapter 1 passage: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) wa...

425 Words, 4th-6th Grades, 1200L +, Context Clues

The Lady with the Lamp

by Laura E. Richards from Florence Nightingale: The Angel of the Crimea

Chapter XI passage: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)...

638 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 800L - 990L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Symbolism, and Theme