Reading Comprehension Passages - Black History - Civil Rights - Biographies

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    Bonus - Complete file AND Bonus Student Sheets!


    Are you looking for Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions focused on Civil Rights and Black History? This resource is a comprehensive Civil Rights focused text set which includes 12 biographies of Civil Rights Activists from the 1800's to the present. Every student in your class will feel inspired by one, or more, of these amazing leaders! And you'll love how easy this is to use - it's versatile and gives you lots of choices! This is a perfect unit for Black History, Women's History or a biography unit. And the bundle includes BONUS Student Sheets that are not included in the individual files!

    Students will improve their reading comprehension with leveled texts, and also learn important vocabulary related to civil rights. You will love how easy this is - no prep! And the text dependent questions make a perfect formative assessment! The text dependent questions focus on inference, summarizing, character analysis and vocabulary - important skills for improving reading comprehension!

    Be sure to download the preview - it includes a FREE copy of one of the texts!

    This resource includes:

    • 12 leveled texts - perfect for Close Reading! (Lexile levels 810-1100)
    • 29 vocabulary instruction sheets - one for each vocabulary term taught
    • Text dependent questions for each leveled text
    • A Student note-taking sheet
    • Links to kid-appropriate websites for additional research
    • Answer Keys for everything

    Plus BONUS Student Sheets!!!

    • Word Search with the key vocabulary about civil rights
    • Double Venn Diagram
    • Triple Venn Diagram
    • Somebody Wanted But So Then Summary Sheet

    The BONUS file has the ENTIRE LINKED unit in it so that you can print easily without opening multiple files. OR, get the resource from the individual files. Do what works best for you!

    Do you want to see the quality of this unit? CHECK OUT THIS INCLUDED FREEBIE FOR A SAMPLE!

    ThisCivil Rights Word Wall set was created using the vocabulary from this unit. They are great to together - check it out!

    This resource is a terrific addition to any unit on Black History, Civil Rights or biographies. Everything you need is included!

    The biographies featured are:

    Each vocabulary term is used in context in one or more texts, and the resource includes a graphic organizer for students to explore each of the key terms. The featured vocabulary terms are:

    • activist
    • enslaved
    • abolish
    • integration
    • equality
    • suffrage
    • lynching
    • racism
    • advacement
    • activism
    • tolerant
    • racial
    • unpopular
    • segregation
    • civil rights
    • advocate
    • integrate
    • interracial
    • poverty
    • humanitarian
    • ambassador
    • migrant
    • ethnicity
    • generosity
    • discrimination
    • nonviolent
    • lawful
    • unified
    • perspective

    You can grab Word Wall cards with definitions and photos for each of these terms in this Civil Rights Word Wall set. It was created to support this unit.


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    113 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    3 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
    Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
    Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
    By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
    Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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