As a social studies teacher in the Bronx we often don’t have a class set of usable textbooks. Also, they were often too voluminous and difficult for my struggling students. Finding an appropriate summary of a topic was oftentimes frustrating and time-consuming.
That’s why I decided to start offering them on my website. This is an ongoing project, so stop back frequently and see what we’ve added.
When I say “we” I mean my brother and I. I have been teaching social studies for 19 years and my brother, Joe, is an historian. Between the 2 of us we create these reading passages.
If we’re missing a topic you’re looking for just email me at email@example.com. No guarantees, but we’ll try to accommodate:)
Each reading passage is approximately 650 words, just right for most single period lessons. They are geared to grades 7-11, depending upon the abilities of your students.
If you want to differentiate for your struggling students and English language learners there is a highlight feature on PDFs. This allows you to annotate whatever areas of the reading you want students to focus on.
Below is a picture of each page. Click on the link to download your PDF copy.
If you’re looking for some lesson ideas to do with this reading passage I created a video you can watch here.
TO SEE ALL THE AVAILABLE U.S. HISTORY READING PASSAGES CLICK HERE
The end of wars often leads to new difficulties when handling the ensuing peace. At times, there is a risk of even more war. As I write this (9/21), this is quite apparent in...
The first fifty years of the history of Communist China were dominated by two leaders, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping. Both were leaders during the birth of communism in China. Yet they...