History Reading Passages

Works of history explore a person, event, or other meaningful part of the past. These works examine the subject in detail, especially as the subject relates to subsequent events or how the subject had an impact on society. 

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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: 5 Passages

Documents of Freedom

For centuries, humans have attempted to codify the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and freedoms each person has in a society. This Reading Set is a collection of some of the most important documents in this ongoing quest to form “a more perfect union.”

Reading Set: 5 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: 4 Passages

Helen Learns Words

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter IV passage: This passage is from Helen Kelle...

879 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Little Helen

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter II passage: Helen Keller was an extraordinar...

619 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

African American Inventors: Granville T. Woods

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Inventor Granville Woods overcame early obstacles to...

283 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

African American inventor Lewis Latimer is the paten...

213 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: Patricia Bath

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Patricia Bath was the first black female doctor to r...

245 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: George Washington Carver

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Born into slavery, George Washington Carver would ev...

343 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary

African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy

by R.V. Staff Writer A.A.

One of the premier inventors of his time, Elijah McC...

213 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Summary