13 Colonies Paired Passages: Reading Comprehension & Writing Colonial America

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After searching for awhile online, this resource was EXACTLY what I was looking for! The articles were a perfect reading level for my class and there were great writing prompts included too!
I used these passages to supplement our study of the colonies. It was a great way to integrate reading with social studies.
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Colonial America Why did Colonial regions develop differently? Paired Passages & Informational/Explanatory Writing - Digital & PDF

This is a set of three leveled paired passages or texts on the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. The resource also includes reading comprehension and short answer or response questions. The extended writing prompt provided is for informative/explanatory writing. The included texts are non-fiction. Targeted reading levels are 4th - 6th grades.

This resource is included in both PDF and digital (Google slides) formats. The digital copies are included in both a whole file format and broken into individual pieces to make it easier for teachers to assign the pieces in an online platform.

These texts can be used as:

- close reading

- social studies lessons

- reading comprehension

- paired passages with an extended writing piece.

This product is designed to help students practice for state reading and writing tests such as FSA or MACS. Teachers can choose how to use this product. The three levelled texts can be used together for paired passages or could be used separately.

Flexible Use

The leveled texts can be used together for paired passages or could be used separately. Teachers can use both the reading comprehension activities and the writing prompts or choose just one.

Easy Differentiation

In order to differentiate, the leveled passages are provided at three different reading Lexile levels:

  • Level A - Low, 4th grade level
  • Level B - Medium, 5th grade level
  • Level C - High, 6th grade level

What is included in this product?

  1. The New England Colonies – in 3 levels
  2. The Middle Colonies – in 3 levels
  3. The Southern Colonies – in 3 levels
  4. 6 reading comprehension and 2 short response questions for the The New England Colonies
  5. 6 reading comprehension and 2 short response questions for The Middle Colonies
  6. 6 reading comprehension and 2 short response questions for The Southern Colonies
  7. Answer Key for all questions
  8. Florida's Environment Extended Writing Response – to be used one - three passages.
  9. Standards Covered by this Product
  10. Testing Cover Page
  11. Testing Bubble/Answer Sheet
  12. Informative Writing Rubric
  13. Final Essay Blank Writing Paper
  14. Digital copies of everything in Google slides.

Please see the preview for even more information and pictures of this product.

Do you need a writing center?

If you are looking for help teaching paired passages, please see my writing center. This product discusses how to teach and organize evidence-based writing.

Paired Passages Writing Center: Citing Text Evidence Bundle Grades 4, 5, & 6

Free Teacher Resource

For more information on teaching text-based essays, please see my blog post explaining the TEACH strategy.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.


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