Reading Comprehension Passages - Text Set - Democracy Core Content Unit

Grade Levels
4th - 5th
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Would you like to meet literacy standards, increase vocabulary and teach content about Democracy all at one time? This unit contains a text set including fiction and non-fiction, and teaches the essential content and vocabulary that your students need to know! Meet your content and literacy standards at the same time!

You get:

  • Four grade level passages
  • Four days of lesson plans to teach the vocabulary and concepts
  • Independent practice pages
  • Materials for Interactive practice
  • Assessments (with rubrics and answer keys!)


For more practice with these vocabulary terms, check out the Our Democracy Word Search and Crossword Puzzle!

Our Democracy Word Search and Crossword Puzzle!


This unit contains four original passages (three non-fiction and one fiction) that teach essential Civics content of Our Democracy. The first article introduces students to ideas behind a democracy, and the second article builds students' knowledge about the three branches of government. The third passage is a fiction passage that contains more information about the branches of government and the separation of powers, and the final article helps students compare modern democracy with democracy in Ancient Greece.

Lesson plans for teaching the academic vocabulary and concepts are included, including a lesson on using context clues to build meaning of words. Other lesson plans give students an opportunity to discuss the concept of democracy, and to practice the target vocabulary (government, democracy, legislative, executive, judicial, representative, system, separate, maintain, exist, essential and nourish).

These passages are at a Lexile between 800 - 1100, making them most appropriate for fourth and fifth grade students. In about 20 minutes a day, you will increase your students' knowledge about key content and their academic vocabulary!

These passages are short enough to use in a variety of ways - close reading, supplements to your social studies curriculum, center activities, bell ringers, jig-saw..... The opportunities are as endless as the needs of your students!

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Total Pages
25 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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