May Calendar

Grade Levels
6th - 9th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Word Document File
3 pages


This table lists one historic event corresponding to each school day of the month. Develop background information with your students by discussing these high interest day in history events. Hyperlinked to each calendar day is a link to three differentiated learning passages over each event available from Reading Specialty. Download the free V-J Day differentiated passage from my store for an example and try it with your class.

Information about Differentiated Reading Passages (purchased separately or at a savings as a bundle from Reading Specialty):

Questions for each passage appear in standardized test format, helping students to prepare for high-stakes testing. Each passage contains these types of questions

 Main idea

 Vocabulary

 Organizational patterns

 Inference

 Summarizing

Nonfiction passages are based on events which occurred on this day in history. Although the topic was selected to correspond to a historical event, the passage is completely stand-alone and appropriate for any day of the year. Mix and match by purchasing the topics you want or save with monthly bundles and give your students daily opportunities to develop background knowledge and improve the

Info about the Differentiated Reading Passages Available Separately:

Passages have been evaluated using a minimum of 5 different readability formulas. The first passage is the most challenging, with an average reading level of 9th-10th grade. The second passage has an average readability of 8th grade. The third passage averages a 6th-7th grade level. With teacher introduction and background information, the passages have been used successfully with younger readers.

One subject for the class with differentiated passages allows the teacher to discuss, develop background knowledge, show a video clip or engage the full class yet provide for individual differences.

Students and teachers using multiple passages can assess student progress. Diagnostic charting shows teachers and students patterns of errors with main idea, vocabulary, organizational patterns, inference, and summarization. Compiling data is easy and motivating with student completed charts.

Included in the Differentiated Reading Passages available from Reading Specialty:

May Day

Osama Bin Laden

Kentucky Derby

Freedom Riders

Cinco de Mayo

Henry David Thoreau

Palace of Versailles

Mount Everest

Crown Jewels



Louis Armstrong

US Constitution

Gasoline Ratioing

China Cultural Revolution

Brown v Board of Education

Plessy v Ferguson

Hubble Telescope


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bonnie and Clyde

Brooklyn Bridge

Gateway Arch

Golden Gate Bridge

Scripps Spelling Bee

Sojourner Truth

Memorial Day

Big Ben

With each of the above resources you receive:

➢ A nonfiction passage written at three different grade levels for each topic listed above

➢ Questions over each passage for each level.

➢ An answer key for each passage

➢ A chart to monitor progress and collect data in the five assessed areas (main idea, vocabulary, organizational patterns, inference, and summarizing)

Included in this free download:

An April chart listing a Day in History event for each day of the month.

Total Pages
3 pages
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