Journalism Reading Passages

Journalistic writings are fact-based articles usually focusing on an event or news story. They may include interviews, eyewitness accounts, or investigative reporting. Journalistic works are usually written for publication in newspapers and magazines.

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Primary sources take the reader to major historic moments as they are happening. This reading set has newspaper articles contem...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

The Olympic Games

In a celebration of peace, athleticism, and friendly competition, nations from around the world gather every four years to comp...

Reading Set: 3 Passages

Primary Source: Gold in California!

from "Trenton State Gazette" (New Jersey) September 16, 1848

The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Californ...

514 Words, 4th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Primary Source: Comanche, the Army Horse and Hero

from "The Tribune" (San Luis Obispo, California) June 1, 1878

Comanche, a U.S. Army horse, was known as the only U...

658 Words, 4th-8th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Summary

Primary Source: The 1900 Galveston Hurricane

from "The Evening Star" (Washington, D.C.) September 10, 1900

The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history was t...

1,051 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Astounding News

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works are full of dark...

478 Words, 8th-10th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Primary Source: First Modern Olympic Games

from Boston Daily Advertiser, March 24, 1896

The first modern Olympic Games was a much smaller af...

381 Words, 5th-12th Grades, Compare and Contrast and Summary

Primary Source: Spanish Flu Pandemic

from The Oregonian, October 12, 1918

The 1918 influenza pandemic, often called the Spanis...

789 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Summary, and Theme