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Civil War: Passages (Vol. 1) - Distance Learning Compatible

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Civil War Differentiated Reading Passages

Printable + Digital Paperless Versions Included

With this resource, students will learn about the Civil War through reading engaging passages on differentiated reading levels. There are 13 original reading passages and mini-passages included on 5 reading levels covering grades 3-8, totaling 65 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.

Note: Each full passage is around 1 page in length. Each mini-passage is 1/2 page in length. Mini-passages are denoted in the listing of passage topics covered by this set below.

What is included? 1 PDF file + access to 1 Google Drive folder containing the following:

• 11 engaging reading passages - see specific topics below

• 2 engaging reading mini-passages (1/2 page length) - see specific topics below

→ 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]

• 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?

On page 1 of the PDF file you will have access to upon download, 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

100% Research-Based Resource:

• This resource is based entirely on research.

• A bibliography of all resources utilized during the research process is included both in the product file and in the preview file (which you can download now by clicking above.)


Differentiated Passage Topics Included:

→ Setting the Stage for War: Culture, Economy, and Government

→ Setting the Stage for War: Slavery

→ Disunion and the Road to War (covers topics like the Missouri Compromise and Bleeding Kansas)

→ The Election of 1860

→ Secession

→ Life During the Civil War: Women

→ Life During the Civil War: Economy

→ Life During the Civil War: Blacks

→ Life During the Civil War: Soldiers

→ The Gettysburg Address (mini-passage)

→ The Emancipation Proclamation

→ The Election of 1864 (mini-passage)

→ The Aftermath of the War

Want more resources related to the Civil War?

Civil War Passage Set Vol. 2

Civil War Passage Set Vol. 3

Reconstruction after the Civil War Passage Set

Abolitionists & the Underground Railroad Passage Set

Civil War Complete Unit Plan


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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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!

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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