Reading Passages on Historical Subjects



"Sybil's Brave Ride"
Lexile: 240

"The First Americans"
Lexile: 160

"The Liberty Bell"
Lexile: 190

"The Pilgrims' Path"
Lexile: 190

"Squanto was a Helper"
Lexile: 330

"Ben Franklin's Idea"
Lexile: 170

1st Grade


"Building a Railroad to Cross the Country"
Lexile: 610

"How Did Pilgrim Children Live?"
Lexile: 440

"The Declaration of Independence"
Lexile: 550

"One-Room Schoolhouses"
Lexile: 380

"Nick Visits the Lincoln Memorial"
Lexile: 450

"Steamboats and Railroads"
Lexile: 580



2nd Grade


"American Heroes"
Lexile: 560

"Hello, Mr. President"
Lexile: 640

"An American Leader"
Lexile: 810

"Great Americans"
Lexile: 560


3rd Grade


"Bread Baking Now and Then"
Lexile: 870

"Famous African Americans - Sojourner Truth"
Lexile: 630

"Famous African Americans - Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad"
Lexile: 660


4th Grade


"Native Americans"
Lexile: 870

"Reaching for Sky: A History of Great Buildings" 
Lexile: 990

"Lost on Ellis Island"
Lexile: 790

"The Twilight of the Italian Social Club"
Lexile: 1030

"The U.S.S. Thompson"
Lexile: 710



5th Grade


"Some Laws are Intolerable"
Lexile: 1070

"A Very Messy Tea Party"
Lexile: 1100

"Native American Settlements"
Lexile: 1250

"They Call Them Apaches"
Lexile: 890



6th Grade


"The Roman Name Game"
Lexile: 1240

"Early People in Central American Land Bridge"
Lexile: 940

"Ice Harvest"
Lexile: 1070

"Valley Nuts"
Lexile: 1050



7th Grade


"Mapping the West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark"
Lexile: 1090

"The National Guard"
Lexile: 1120

Lexile: 1120

"The Secrets of Viking Ships"
Lexile: 1150



8th Grade


"Declaration of Independence"
Lexile: 1260

"The First American"
Lexile: 1180

"When the Empire State Building Was New"
Lexile: 1150

"French-Native American Relations in the Great Lakes Region"
Lexile: 1360

"Egypt, the Kingdom of Kush, and Mesopotamia"
Lexile: 1310

"Coastal Drilling in Sunny California"
Lexile: 1390

"Irish Immigrants"
Lexile: 1300