US History Passages Bundle - 5th Grade United States History

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Do you struggle to fit US History into your 5th grade classroom? These passages are purpose built to help you integrate United States History into your ELAR block. I know classrooms are short on time, and this resource will give you twice the learning!

What is the US History Passages Bundle?

Each passage and set of questions takes up a single page and includes an optional extension activity for further learning. The topic of each passage was chosen to meet the streamlined social studies TEKS for 5th grade. Multiple genres are used including historical fiction, informational nonfiction, fictional narrative, poetry, infographics, web pages, graphic organizers, and maps.


How should I use US History Passages?

  • Together as a whole class activity
  • Individually for student assessment
  • As a station or learning center
  • With a small group guided by the teacher
  • At home to connect to learning in the classroom

The possibilities are endless! They are digital-ready as Google Slides and can be easily assigned using Google Classroom.


This US History resource has printable and digital formats to meet the needs of all classrooms and includes an answer key.

US History Passage Sets in This Bundle:

  • Celebrate Freedom
    • 8 passages on the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and how they relate to events in our country's history.

  • The American Revolution
    • 10 passages on the causes and effects of the American Revolution, important people of the American Revolution, and the formation of the new government.

  • War of 1812
    • 10 passages on the causes and effects of the War of 1812 including impressment, the Star Spangled Banner, and the Era of Good Feelings.

  • Industrial Revolution
    • 10 passages about industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and the beginning of sectionalism.

  • Westward Expansion
    • 10 passages on expansionism in North America including Manifest Destiny, the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, and the Mexican-American War.

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
    • 10 passages on the American Civil War including causes and effects, sectionalism, the Reconstruction era, Reconstruction era amendments, and Juneteenth.

  • Change Makers of the United States
    • 10 passages about individuals and groups that changed our country for the better throughout history including civil rights leaders, suffragettes, and more.

  • 20th and 21st Century United States
    • 10 passages on major events that occurred during the 20th and 21st centuries in the United States including military action, urbanization, reliance on oil, and elections.

  • Regions of the United States
    • 10 passages on regions in the United States as defined by geography, politics, climate, population, and vegetation.

  • Map Skills
    • 10 passages on types of maps, cartographers, map skills, geographic tools, and census information.

  • Patterns of Settlement
    • 10 passages on patterns of settlement and how geographic features determine where people choose to settle.

  • Colonial Economies
    • 10 passages about the economic patterns and activities of the 13 colonies during the time prior to the American Revolution.

  • Colonial Governments
    • 10 passages comparing types of government in the thirteen colonies including the British Monarchy, representative governments, and charter governments in addition to the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Mayflower Compact.

  • United States Government
    • 10 passages on the branches of the US government, requirements to run for elected office, checks and balances built into the branches, and separation of powers between the federal and state governments.
  • Symbols of the United States
    • 10 passages on symbols important to the United States and landmarks that represent our country.
  • US Civics - Being a Good Citizen
    • 10 passages on what it means to be a good citizen and practice civic responsibility through acts of volunteering, voting, community participation, and holding leaders and elected officials accountable.

  • Leaders
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Science and Technology


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What Are Teachers Saying About US History Passages?


This resource has really helped me combine content for reading and social studies. My students are engaged when working on these activities.

-Tatsch's Teaching Tools


Excellent resource for cross-curricular instruction!

-Cassandra H.


This an AWESOME resource. My kids had the best time using it.

-Copeland's Corner


This was a great resource that allowed me to pull the items needed for my individual student needs.

-Clark's Classroom


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250 unique passages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.


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