Historical fiction is a
narrative that is set in the past but is not a true story. Often the author
will use real historic events, characters, and locations to add realism to the
work. Authors may also exaggerate or amend actual events to fit the plot.
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
Johnny loved growing apples. He loved it so much he decided to plant apple trees everywhere. But, first he had to get the seeds...
389 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Story Elements and Summary
Nature writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson wrote the highly controversial book, “Silent Spring.” The book had the chemica...
439 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary
The Black Hills in Dakota played a big part of the gold rush history. In 1875, the Newton-Jenny Expedition headed out to map th...
487 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary
Nathanael Greene had aspirations to be an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolution. The problem though was he...
381 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Summary and Theme
by Baroness Orczy from The Scarlet Pimpernel
Chapter I passage: The adventure novel “The Scarlet ...
689 Words, 9th-11th Grades, Character Traits, Figurative Language, and Story Elements
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
Abraham Lincoln is well-known as the 16th President of the United States, but he was also an inventor. Abe loved tinkering and ...
520 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues and Summary
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
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “...
312 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Figurative Language