Address a variety of learning styles with reading passages that also contain embedded video links! These passages are specifically designed to accompany my Industrialization, Westward Expansion, & Reform Interactive Notes, but are versatile and useful in conjunction with many other resources. These pages are easy to print-and-go OR send to your students to view through Google Classroom. If you find that your textbook is too wordy, this resource will be perfect for you!
This download contains 11 one-page reading passages covering the major topics for the Industrialization, Westward Expansion, & Reform units of U.S. History (see preview images above). Each page contains leveled text that targets a 7th-8th grade reading level.
To enhance comprehension, students can follow the embedded links to watch an appropriate video carefully chosen to align with each topic. Each video is accessible through a clickable link (if viewing digitally) and a QR code (if using a printed copy).
(All videos are publicly available on YouTube, published by reputable sources, and have been used in my own classroom. However, please screen prior to use with your students. I do not own rights to any of the videos.)
Please note that these readings are aligned strictly with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for 8th Grade Social Studies. Well-rounded history instruction will most certainly require further student inquiry and discussion on the more complex topics and events.
Other reading passages like this are available for the following units: