Political writings may
be fiction or non-fiction. They explore the activities of a government, state,
or society. These works are often critical of the status quo and illuminate the
shortcomings or corruption of those in power.
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
by Abraham Lincoln
In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lin...
735 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. These amendments were finally ratified in 1791...
489 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Fact and Opinion and Summary
by Second Continental Congress
The Declaration of Independence was the document ado...
379 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary
by The Pilgrims
The Mayflower Compact was a document written and sig...
322 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Context Clues and Summary
by Henry David Thoreau from Walden
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a noted American...
642 Words, 10th-12th Grades, 1200L +, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Theme
by Anna Sewell from Black Beauty
Chapter 12 passage: "Black Beauty" is the story of a...
502 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 500L - 790L, Story Elements and Summary
by Harriet Beecher Stowe from Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Chapter III passage: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel "...
435 Words, 7th-10th Grades, 800L - 990L, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary