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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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

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

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: 6 Passages

I Come to My Journey’s End

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Kidnapped

Chapter II passage: Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnap...

229 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Context Clues

Adam Oleary Meets Aleksey, the Russian Tsar

Adam Oleary was a well-known German scholar in the mid-17th century. He and his assistant waited anxiously to meet the Tsar of ...

480 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Summary

The Kenny Method

Elizabeth Kenny (1880-1952) was an Australian nurse. She developed an unconventional method for treating victims of polio, also...

459 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Giovanni, Jacobello, and the Plague

The Black Death, or Black Plague, reached the shores of Sicily in October of 1347. By the spring of 1348 it reached the mainlan...

501 Words, 5th-6th Grades, 420L - 730L, Summary and Theme

Louisa May Alcott’s First Book

Louisa May Alcott is most famous for her book “Little Women.” This passage tells of her family’s poverty and the writing of her...

379 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits and Summary

Abigail Smith Gets to Know John Adams

Abigail Smith liked John Adams. The feeling was mutual. But Abigail’s mother didn’t think the young country lawyer was good eno...

463 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Figurative Language, and Summary

Michael, Tsar of Russia

Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov was the founder of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. The dynasty was in power from 1613 to 1917. This ...

380 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Summary