Essay/Editorial Reading Passages

Essays and editorials are opinion pieces. Essays are a form of nonfiction literature where the author examines a particular topic and usually gives an opinion or some perspective about it. These are usually short, although one essay is often a part of a larger collection of essays. Editorials are journalistic pieces. They usually appear in newspapers (or later, newscasts) and express the opinion of the editor or editorial staff of the newspaper. 

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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

The Plains of Nebraska

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

More noted for his works of fiction and poetry, Robe...

651 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Main / Central Idea

The Emigrant Train

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

Chapter 2 passage: Scottish author Robert Louis Stev...

329 Words, 5th-7th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Main / Central Idea

Susan B. Anthony and the Right to Vote

by Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a devout women’s rights activis...

422 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea