Historical Fiction Reading Passages

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.

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The French Revolution

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 and the Apple Seeds

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

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

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

Calamity Jane and the Black Hills Expedition

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, the Youngest Brigadier General in the Continental Army

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

Paris: September 1792

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

Calm in Storm

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, the Inventor

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

The Period

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

The Courtship of Miles Standish

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “...

312 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Figurative Language