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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

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

Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an inspiration to many. Although she was born with normal sight and hearing, she lost both at a very young age after a serious illness. Through hard work and devotion, along with the help of her parents and teachers, Helen Keller would learn to communicate and read. She attended college and became a well-known author, lecturer, and activist. This reading set includes passages from her autobiography “The Story of My Life,” as well as a biography of Laura Bridgeman. Born fifty years before Keller, Bridgeman was the first American deaf and blind child to learn reading and writing. She is mentioned in several of the Keller passages.

Reading Set: 7 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

Black History Month

The United States and Canada observe Black History month in February; the United Kingdom observes it in October. While the commemorative month is a good time to celebrate the achievements and culture of the black community, this focus should not be limited to only one month. Students will benefit learning of the accomplishments and struggles of people of color at any time of the year. This reading set includes all grade levels and multiple topics.

Reading Set: 13 Passages

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 includes passages for many of Poe's most famous works, as well as some lesser-known treasures.

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