Political Writings Reading Passages

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.

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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 Emancipation Proclamation

by Abraham Lincoln

In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lin...

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

The U.S. Bill of Rights

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

The Declaration of Independence

by Second Continental Congress

The Declaration of Independence was the document ado...

379 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

The Mayflower Compact

by The Pilgrims

The Mayflower Compact was a document written and sig...

322 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

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

A Stormy Day

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

The Husband and Father

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