Age of Exploration to Civil War: Differentiated Passages Bundle

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    Age of Exploration to Civil War: Differentiated Reading Passages

    Printable + Digital Paperless Versions Included

    With this resource, students will learn about everything in American history that took place between the Age of Exploration through the Civil War by reading engaging passages on differentiated reading levels. There are 163 original reading passages included on 5 reading levels covering grades 3-8, totaling 815 passages. Questions (as well as answer keys) aligned to Common Core State Standards are included for each passage. Students can respond to these questions after reading. This CCSS-aligned resource is research-based, differentiated to meet the needs of varying ability levels, rigorous, and written to engage. All passages and question sets included in this resource can be printed or shared digitally with students.

    Why should I invest in a bundle?

    1. This bundle offers you a 30% discount from buying each passage set individually.

    2. This bundle "grows" each time a new passage set is added to my shop that covers content between the Age of Exploration to the Civil War. If you purchase now, you'll get all of the passages listed below PLUS any future passages added to my shop that cover content between the Age of Exploration and the Civil War.

    3. If you own this bundle, you are able to purchase related unit plans from my shop at a highly discounted rate. This bundle covers content between the Age of Exploration and the Civil War, so you have discounted access to units covering that time period. Unit plans typically cost between $20-30. With the purchase of this bundle, you are able to purchase the unit plans at the discounted rate of $8-10. You are able to purchase the $8-10 "without passages" version of each unit because as an owner of this bundle, you already paid for the passages once so you don't need to pay for them again. Check out all of the complete unit plans you would have discounted access to here!

    What is included in this bundle?

    • 118 engaging reading passages - see specific set topics below

    • 45 engaging reading mini-passages - (mini-passages are 1/2 page in length)

    - 5 differentiated reading levels for each passage

    - CCSS-aligned question set + answer key for each passage [RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RI.5, RI.8]

    • BONUS 21-page differentiated reading section covering key points about exploration for each major country involved + question set + comparative table (Age of Exploration Vol. 1)
    • BONUS 44-page differentiated reading section covering the key battles of the Revolutionary War + question set + comparative table + battle map + battle timeline (American Revolution Vol. 1)

    • Access to a Google drive folder containing a digital version of each passage and question set

    • 3-day lesson plan for use of passages within guided reading groups

    • Teacher's guide to using passages for homework and classwork

    • Student's guide to close reading

    How can I access the digital paperless version?

    Within the PDF file for each individual passage set included in the bundle, you will find a link to a Google Drive folder containing all reading passages, question sets, and answer keys. Directions for sharing the digital student response sheets with your students are included in the Google Drive folder.

    How can I use this resource?

    • To teach new information and supplement / enhance the textbook

    • During Social Studies instruction, for close reading, and in guided reading groups

    • For homework, classwork, morning work, center rotations, and research projects

    • For assessment, unit review, and test prep

    How will this resource help me?

    • Easily and instantly differentiate your instruction

    • Share the same rich information with every reader on every level in your class

    • Integrate Social Studies and reading by practicing reading skills while learning about Social Studies content

    • Fit everything into your busy schedule through integration


    Interested in a bundle of passage sets spanning from

    the Civil War through Present Day? Check it out here!


    Differentiated Reading Levels Included:

    Each passage is included on multiple levels. [Learn more about the levels here!]

    Passage levels are discretely labeled with a shape code.

    LEVEL ONE → 3rd Grade Reading Level

    [Also fitting for Above Grade Level 2nd Grader, Below Grade Level 4th Grader]

    LEVEL TWO → 4th Grade Reading Level

    [Also fitting for Above Grade Level 3rd Grader, Below Grade Level 5th Grader]

    LEVEL THREE → 5th Grade Reading Level

    [Also fitting for Above Grade Level 4th Grader, Below Grade Level 6th & 7th Graders]

    LEVEL FOUR → 6th & 7th Grade Reading Level

    [Also fitting for Above Grade Level 5th Grader, Below Grade Level 8th Grader]

    LEVEL FIVE → 8th Grade Reading Level

    [Also fitting for Above Grade Level 6th and 7th Graders, Below Grade Level 9th Grader]


    FIRST TIME BUYER? Or want to know more about the levels?

    Take a look at the FREE Differentiated Passage Snapshot to find out more about what is included, how the passages are organized, how the levels are differentiated, and determine if the levels are a good fit for your students.

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    • Save $$ by Purchasing the Lifetime Unlimited Subscription to All Passages

    Do you want to try a free sample from this passage? Or check out other free passage sets?

    Download the preview file. Or click here to see all passage sets you can try out for free!

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
    Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
    Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
    Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
    Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.


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