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Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an inspiration to many. Although she was born with normal sight and hearing, she lost both at a very young age after a serious illness. Through hard work and devotion, along with the help of her parents and teachers, Helen Keller would learn to communicate and read. She attended college and became a well-known author, lecturer, and activist. This reading set includes passages from her autobiography “The Story of My Life,” as well as a biography of Laura Bridgeman. Born fifty years before Keller, Bridgeman was the first American deaf and blind child to learn reading and writing. She is mentioned in several of the Keller passages.

Reading Set: 7 Passages

U.S. Presidents

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States. They have lead the country through wars, economic depressions, and monumental achievements. Some were assassinated, some died in office, two were impeached, and one resigned from office. The stories of their lives reflects 200 years of American history. This reading set on the presidents includes multiple grade levels and both fiction and nonfiction.

Reading Set: 10 Passages

Black History Month

The United States and Canada observe Black History month in February; the United Kingdom observes it in October. While the commemorative month is a good time to celebrate the achievements and culture of the black community, this focus should not be limited to only one month. Students will benefit learning of the accomplishments and struggles of people of color at any time of the year. This reading set includes all grade levels and multiple topics.

Reading Set: 13 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 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

Hansel and Gretel: After the Escape

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

We all know the story of the brother and sister who ...

730 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues and Figurative Language

Helen Goes to School

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter IX passage: After losing her sight and heari...

726 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Character Traits and Main / Central Idea

Helen Learns About Love

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter VI passage: While she was born with the abil...

766 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Figurative Language and Main / Central Idea

The Emancipation Proclamation

by Abraham Lincoln

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

735 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1300L +, 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, 420L - 730L, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, and Summary