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Ancient Civilizations - Present Day Social Studies Differentiated Passage Bundle

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    Ancient Civilizations to Present Day Social Studies Differentiated Passages Bundle

    Printable + Digital Paperless Versions Included

    With this resource, students will learn about everything in history that took place from the time of ancient civilizations around the world to American history beginning with the Age of Exploration to present day by reading engaging passages on differentiated reading levels. There are 418 original reading passages included on 5 reading levels covering grades 3-8, totaling 2,090 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 Social Studies content. If you purchase now, you'll get all of the passages listed below PLUS any future passages added to my shop that cover Social Studies content.

    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 Social Studies content, so you have discounted access to units covering Social Studies content. 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?

    • 356 engaging reading passages - see specific set topics below

    • 62 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


    *Click on the links below to see a full description of the sets, including the specific topics covered by each.*

    Ancient Civilizations Differentiated Passage Sets Included:

    Early Man [Paleolithic] Passage Set

    Ancient Civilizations Passage Set

    Ancient Mesopotamia Passage Set

    Ancient Israel Passage Set

    Ancient Egypt Passage Set

    Ancient Greece Passage Set

    Greek Mythology Passage Set

    Ancient China Passage Set

    Ancient India Passage Set

    Ancient Rome Passage Set

    Ancient Maya Passage Set

    Ancient Aztec Passage Set

    Ancient Inca Passage Set

    1500-1790's Differentiated Passage Topics Included:

    Renaissance Passage Set

    Age of Exploration Passage Set Vol. 1

    Age of Exploration Passage Set Vol. 2

    Native Americans Passage Set Vol. 1

    Native Americans Passage Set Vol. 2

    Native Americans Passage Set Vol. 3

    Native Americans Passage Set Vol. 4

    American Colonies Passage Set Vol. 1

    American Colonies Passage Set Vol. 2

    American Colonies Passage Set Vol. 3

    Life in the Colonies Passage Set

    American Revolution Passage Set Vol. 1

    American Revolution Passage Set Vol. 2

    American Revolution Passage Set Vol. 3

    American Revolution Passage Set Vol. 4

    United States Government Passage Set

    1800-1890's Differentiated Passage Sets Included:

    Westward Expansion Passage Set Vol. 1

    Westward Expansion Passage Set Vol. 2

    Civil War Passage Set Vol. 1

    Civil War Passage Set Vol. 2

    Civil War Passage Set Vol. 3

    Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad Passage Set

    Post-Civil War Reconstruction Passage Set

    1900's - PRESENT DAY Differentiated Passage Sets Included:

    Industrial Revolution Passage Set

    World War 1 Passage Set Vol. 1

    World War 1 Passage Set Vol. 2

    Prosperity (Roaring 20's) and the Great Depression Passage Set

    World War II Passage Set Vol. 1

    World War II Passage Set Vol. 2

    World War II Passage Set Vol. 3

    World War II Major Battles Passage Set

    Civil Rights Passage Set

    Cold War Passage Set

    Globalization Passage Set

    American Pop Culture Passage Set

    United States Differentiated Passage Sets Included:

    United States Presidents Passage Set

    United States Landmarks Passage Set

    United States Holidays Passage Set

    Presidential Election Passage Set

    Black History Differentiated Passage Sets Included:

    Black History Vol. 1 Passage Set

    Black History Vol. 2 Passage Set

    Additional Differentiated Passage Sets Included:

    Economics Passage Set

    World Religions Passage Set

    All About Social Studies Passage Set


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

    Do you have a question?

    Please ask any and all questions before purchasing by emailing me at teachingisthesweetest@gmail.com.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
    Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
    Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
    Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


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