American History Paired Reading Passages BUNDLE: Informational & Opinion Writing


Subject: U.S. History, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grade Levels: 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Resource Type:
File Type: PDF
File Size: 17MB
Number of Pages: 240
Answer Key: Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration: 2 Months


American History Paired Reading Passages Bundle: Informational & Opinion/Argumentative Writing

This bundle of 7 paired passages units focuses on topics in American History from U.S. geography through westward expansion (1860s.) The bundle includes 4 informational writing units and 3 opinion writing units. All units are included in both PDF and Google Slides formats.

The included texts are non-fiction. Three or four texts are included in each unit. The texts are included on three reading levels: 4th, 5th, and 6th.

The passages in each unit related to the American history period and an extended writing prompt. The extended writing prompts provided are for informational and opinion/argumentative writing. (Each unit focuses on one or the other.) Targeted reading levels are 4th – 6th.

This product is designed to help students practice for state reading and writing tests such as FSA and MACS. This resource could also be used as part of a social studies unit. Teachers can choose how to use this product.

In order to differentiate, the leveled passages are provided at three different reading lexile levels:

Level A – Low, 4th grade level
Level B – Medium, 5th grade level
Level C – High, 6th grade level
Teachers can use 2 – 4 texts with each writing prompt. Teachers can pick which topics fit their standards or decide which passages best meet the needs of their students.

Reading comprehension tests are included. They include multiple choice questions and short response questions. Teachers can use these or skip them, depending on how they want to use the unit.

Teachers can differentiate this assignment in different ways:

Use different reading levels as appropriate.
Vary the number of passages given to students.
Assign groups to become experts on one topic, then teach the others. (Jigsaw)
Use the texts in centers to break up the reading into smaller chunks. One center could be teacher led.
What is included in this product?

7 Paired Passage Units
3 – 4 passages in each unit, included on 3 levels
Extended writing response questions for either informational or opinion/argumentative writing
Reading Comprehension Tests
Answer Key for all questions
Writing Rubrics
Standards Covered by this Product
Testing Cover Page
Opinion Writing Rubric
Argumentative Writing Rubric
Testing Bubble/Answer Sheet
Final Essay Blank Writing Paper
Please see the preview for even more information and pictures of this product.

If you are looking for help teaching paired passages, please see my writing center. This product discusses how to teach and organize evidence-based writing.

Paired Passages Writing Center: Citing Text Evidence Bundle Grades 4, 5, & 6 .

For more information, please see my blog post explaining the TEACH strategy.


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