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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 Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Many have seen the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." While it is a great family movie, like most movies based on a book, the book is better! This reading set introduces the reader to the real Wizard of Oz story, including the backstory on some of the characters and some riveting scenes.

Reading Set: 6 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

Echo the Christmas Parrot

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Lucy sends her Christmas letter to the North Pole an...

790 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, and Summary

The Christmas Village

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Every year, the miniature village is set out the sam...

783 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Character Traits and Summary

The First of the Three Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 2 passage: Charles Dickens’ classic story “A C...

781 Words, 8th-11th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, and Summary

The Proud Pumpkin

by RV staff writer J.C.

Jack the pumpkin is delighted and proud to be an imp...

730 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary

The Road Through the Forest

by L. Frank Baum from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Chapter 4 Passage: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was...

738 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 800L - 990L, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme

Captains Courageous: Rescued!

by Rudyard Kipling from Captains Courageous

Chapter I passage: Rudyard Kipling wrote Captains Co...

741 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 800L - 990L, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary

Dreaming Inside the Box: The Art of Joseph Cornell

Students will read a passage about Joseph Cornell and his unique art, creating shadow boxes. Students will answer questions abo...

784 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1200L +, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, and Summary