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Early settlers in the American Midwest experienced constant struggle. This reading passage describes for young learners the hardships of homesteaders as they journeyed west and sought to start a new life. When finished, students identify the main idea and supporting details of the text, presenting an excellent opportunity to practice writing a summary. Include this in a social studies unit on early American history, or use to supplement a reading comprehension lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
  • Provides firsthand accounts of the lives of early settlers
  • Text is broken into distinct sections using headings, which will make it easier for learners to access the information
  • Includes a multiple choice assessment to check reading comprehension
  • Reading passage does not include a clear introduction, which requires the teacher to provide relevant background information