Summary Reading Passages

A summary of a story recounts it in a succinct way and includes only the most important information, ideas, or details. It may include supporting details to the main idea as well as the sequence of the story (e.g. beginning, middle, end or chronological order).  

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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

Mother Goose

Many children are already familiar with the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, which makes them easier to read for beginning readers. While the origins of Mother Goose may be shrouded in history, the poems attributed to her still delight children centuries later. This reading set includes some of the most famous of these beloved rhymes from a 1916 compilation.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

A Child’s Garden of Verses

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” could write charming children’s poetry, but Robert Louis Stevenson did just that. His poems for children show a deep insight into childhood, from being sick in bed to swinging high on a swing. This reading set includes some of his most beloved poems.

Reading Set: 7 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

Classic Fairy Tales

Is there any more magical phrase than “Once upon a time”? This beginning of so many classic fairy tales sends the reader into a world full of unlimited possibilities and imagination. This collection of passages includes some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time from such authors as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. Some are the complete original story; others are selected passages from the tale. 

Reading Set: 10 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

Peter Pan

With a little fairy dust, we can all fly to Neverland by reading J. M. Barrie’s wonderful fantasy “Peter Pan.” This Reading Set includes passages from each chapter of the novel along with related comprehension questions. Your student can follow Wendy, Michael, and John Darling as they join Peter, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys in their adventures with that famous pirate villain, Captain Hook. 

Reading Set: 17 Passages

African American Inventors

There are many unsung African American heros and heroines in science and technology. Their contributions are often unknown to most people, although their inventions are of great importance. Many of these inventions were fundamental in engineering, agricultural, and medicine. This Reading Set introduces some of these inventors and their inventions to students.

Reading Set: 7 Passages