Black History Month: Passages (Vol. 1) - Distance Learning Compatible

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The Sweetest Thing
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I have used the included passages with both my civil rights unit and during Black History Month. The students enjoy reading together and presenting their discoveries to the class.
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With this resource, students will learn all about Black History through reading engaging passages on differentiated reading levels. Students can respond to short-answer questions after reading. The questions are aligned to informational text reading standards. Teaching notes and lesson plans are included. This resource can be printed or shared digitally.

What is included?

+ Printable and interactive digital versions

  • 6 reading passages – (See topics below.)
  • 5 differentiated reading levels for each passage (30 total passages)
  • CCSS-aligned question set and answer key for each passage
  • 3-day lesson plan for using these passages during small group reading instruction
  • 1-day lesson plan for assigning these passages as independent work in class or at home

Are you a visual person? See the preview file for a visual guide to what’s included.

How can I access and use the digital version?

Assign, read, interact, and respond digitally.

→ This resource is ready to use in Google Classroom™.

  • The teaching notes and lesson plans are Google Slides™.
  • The passages are interactive Google Slides™. Students can highlight text evidence with colored bars. Video tutorials are included.
  • The question sets are interactive Google Slides™. For each question, students type directly in colored text boxes.

→ This resource can be used with Easel by TpT™.

  • You can create custom interactive digital activities then assign them to your students in Google Classroom™.

→ Directions are included for using this resource with Microsoft OneDrive™, Jamboard™, and Seesaw™.

→ This resource can be shared directly with students through password-protected and secure educational platforms, like Google Drive™ and Microsoft OneDrive™.

How can I use this resource?

• To teach new information

• To supplement and enhance your 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, 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


Differentiated Passage Topics Included:

→ Martin Luther King, Jr.

→ Jackie Robinson

→ George Washington Carver

→ Thurgood Marshall

→ Ruby Bridges

→ Rosa Parks


Differentiated Reading Levels Included:

Each passage is included on 5 levels, covering 3rd - 8th grade reading levels.

Passage levels are discretely labeled with a shape indicator.

LEVEL ONE → 3rd Grade Reading Level - +

LEVEL TWO → 4th Grade Reading Level - ○

LEVEL THREE → 5th Grade Reading Level - ◻︎

LEVEL FOUR → 6th - 8th Grade Reading Level - ◇

LEVEL FIVE → Advanced Reader - ☆

Passage levels are digitally analyzed to ensure that they fall within the Common Core reading level bands for each grade level. You can learn more about the differentiated levels by downloading the preview file.


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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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