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Early American History Textbook Replacement Readings

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Are you looking for ways to engage students in reading content? Are you looking for resources to practice using document based questions?

These American History DBQs and Close Reading Activities are in both Print & Google versions for Google Classroom. Each set includes original reading passages and charts to have students analyze key content. Also part of the Early American History Mega Bundle.


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Early American History Textbook Replacement Readings

INCLUDED:

  • Content Area Original Readings, Timelines, Graphic Organizers, & Poems
  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Writing Prompts
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Google Classroom Link
  • Answer Key

Historical Thinking Skills DBQ Close Readings in Google and Print

  • How to Read a Timeline
  • Primary & Secondary Sources
  • Historical Push and Pull Factors
  • Historical Thinking Skills
  • How to Analyze a Political Cartoon
  • How to Analyze a Primary Source

13 Colonies Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • 13 Colonies Teaching Suggestions
  • Diary from LaSalle’s Voyage Reading Activity
  • European Exploration of North America Reading Activity
  • Influential Figures of 13 Colonies Reading Activity
  • 13 Colonies Chart
  • All About the New England Colonies Reading Activity
  • All About the Middle Colonies Reading Activity
  • All About the Southern Colonies Reading Activity
  • 13 Colonies Timeline

Road to Revolution DBQ Close Reading Textbook Replacement Google Print

  • Road to Revolution Teaching Suggestions
  • Causes of the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Colonial Grievances Against England Reading Activity
  • Acts & Protests Against England Reading Activity
  • Boston Massacre Reading Activity
  • Boston Tea Party Reading Activity
  • The 1st Continental Congress Reading Activity
  • Timeline Leading Up to The American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Authors of the Declaration of Independence Reading Activity
  • Patriots vs. Loyalists Reading Activity
  • Key Locations leading up the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Key Historical Documents Leading Up to the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • French and Indian War Reading Activity
  • Treaty of Paris 1776 Reading Activity
  • Events Leading to Independence Reading Activity
  • Road to Revolution Reading Activity
  • Stamp Act Reading Activity
  • Sons of Liberty Reading Activity
  • Boston Patriots Reading Activity
  • Code Noir (1724) Reading Activity

American Revolution Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • The American Revolution Timeline Reading Activity
  • People of the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Lasting Affects of the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • ”Common Sense” by Thomas Paine Reading Activity
  • Battles of the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Continental Congress Summary Reading Activity
  • Loyalist vs. Patriots Reading Activity
  • American Revolution Statistics Reading Activity
  • Declaration of Independence Reading Activity
  • English Citizens Views on American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Role of Women in the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • Role of African Americans in the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • International Support for the American Revolution Reading Activity
  • The Treaty of Paris 1783 Reading Activity

Federalist Era Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions the Federalist Era
  • Overview of the Federalist Era Reading Activity
  • Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation Reading Activity
  • The Constitution and the Ratification Process Reading Activity
  • The Federalist Papers Reading Activity
  • Formation of Political Parties Reading Activity
  • Who are the Found Fathers?
  • Federalists vs. Anti-Federalist Reading Activity
  • Political Issues During the Federalist Era Reading Activity
  • The Presidency of George Washington Reading Activity
  • Washington’s Farewell Address Reading Activity
  • Alien and Sedition Acts Reading Activity
  • XYZ Affair Reading Activity
  • Legacy of the Federalist Era Reading Activity
  • Federalist Ear Timeline
  • People of the Federalist Era Chart
  • Key Locations of the Federalist Era
  • Key Historical Documents of the Federalist Era
  • Establishment of the Federal Bank Reading Activity
  • Federal Court System & the 1st Cabinet Reading Activity
  • Marbury v. Madison Judicial Review Reading Activity
  • War of 1812 Reading Activity
  • Legacy of Federalist Era Reading Activity

New Nation Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Limited vs. Representative Government Activity Reading
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The American Revolution
  • Continental Congress
  • Articles of Confederation Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Why do we have a bi-cameral legislature?
  • Shay’s Rebellion
  • Constitutional Conventions
  • Founding Fathers
  • Virginia Plan vs. New Jersey Plan
  • The Great Compromise
  • The Bill of Rights & You
  • Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist
  • Federalist Papers
  • Compromises of the Constitution
  • Bonus: Extension Activity

Constitution Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Constitutional Poem
  • Roots of the Constitution
  • Principles of the Constitution
  • Federalism Activity Reading
  • Structure of the Constitution
  • Branches of Government
  • Checks and Balances
  • Preamble
  • Articles of the Constitution
  • Amending the Constitution
  • Citizen Rights in the Constitution
  • Bonus: Extension Activity

Western Expansion: Jefferson to Madison DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions for Western Expansion
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency Reading Activity
  • The Louisiana Purchase Reading Activity
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition Reading Activity
  • The War Of 1812 Reading Activity
  • The Treaty of Ghent Reading Activity
  • The Indian Removal Act Reading Activity
  • The Trail of Tears Reading Activity
  • Legacy of Westward Expansion Reading Activity
  • Thomas Jefferson Letter
  • Letter Opposing Louisiana Purchase
  • Madison Letter
  • Westward Expansion Timeline

Western Expansion: Monroe Era Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Western Expansion Teaching Suggestions
  • James Monroe Presidency Reading Activity
  • The Monroe Era Reading Activity
  • The Adams-Onis Treaty Reading Activity
  • The Missouri Compromise Reading Activity
  • The Treaty of 1818 Reading Activity
  • The Era of Good Feelings Reading Activity
  • The Erie Canal & Westward Expansion Reading Activity
  • Monroe Presidency Timeline
  • The Adams-Onis Treaty Reading Activity
  • The Monroe Doctrine Reading Activity
  • Gibbins vs. Ogden Reading Activity
  • Tariff of 1824 Reading Activity

Western Expansion: Adams to Taylor Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions Western Expansion
  • Timeline of Van Buren Presidency
  • The Panic of 1837 Reading Activity
  • The Trail of Tears Reading Activity
  • The Amistad Case Reading Activity
  • Tippecanoe & Tyler Too Reading Activity
  • Timeline of Tyler Presidency
  • The Webster-Ashburton Treaty Reading Activity
  • The Texas War for Independence & Annexation Reading Activity
  • The Lone Star Republic, Texas, Statehood Reading Activity
  • The Treaty of Wanghia Reading Activity
  • Timeline of Taylor Presidency
  • The Oregon Trail Reading Activity
  • The California Gold Rush Reading Activity
  • The Mexican-American War Reading Activity
  • The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Reading Activity

Industrial Revolution 1800s Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions Industrial Revolution & Expansion 1800s
  • Technologies and Economic Changes Reading Activity
  • Key Figures in American Industrialization Reading Activity
  • Transportation Revolution Reading Activity
  • Industrial Revolution Timeline
  • Inventions of the 1800s Reading Activity

Manifest Destiny Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Manifest Destiny Teaching Suggestions
  • Manifest Destiny Reading Activity
  • The Idea of American Exceptionalism Reading Activity
  • Oregon Territory Dispute Reading Activity
  • Legacy of Manifest Destiny Reading Activity
  • Timeline of Westward Expansion
  • The Louisiana Purchase Reading Activity
  • The Oregon Trail Reading Activity
  • Mexican-American War Reading Activity
  • Texas Annexation Reading Activity
  • California Gold Rush Reading Activity
  • Impact of Transcontinental Railroad Reading Activity
  • For & Against Manifest Destiny Reading Activity
  • Frederick Douglass, Voice of Dissent Reading Activity
  • Manifest Destiny Primary Sources Reading Activity
  • Impact of Manifest Destiny on Native Americans Reading Activity
  • Transportation & Manifest Destiny Reading Activity
  • Key Points in American Western Expansion on the Map
  • Key Historical Documents during Western Expansion Reading Activity

Reform Movements 1800s Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions
  • Reform Movements of the 1800s Reading Activity
  • Abolitionist Movement Reading Activity
  • Key Abolitionists Reading Activity
  • Frederick Douglass Reading Activity
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Reading Activity
  • Women’s Rights 1800s Reading Activity
  • Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 Reading Activity
  • Declaration of Sentiments Reading Activity
  • Leaders of Women’s Rights Movement Reading Activity
  • Temperance Movement Reading Activity
  • Educational Reform Movement Reading Activity
  • Horace Mann & Public Schools Reading Activity
  • Prison & Asylum Reform 1800s Reading Activity
  • Dorothea Dix, Reformer Reading Activity
  • Labor and Workers’ Rights Movement 1800s Reading Activity

Sectionalism Pre Civil War Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions
  • Sectionalism Pre-Civil War Reading Activity
  • Economic Differences Between North & South Reading Activity
  • Slavery & Sectionalism Reading Activity
  • Tariffs and Economic Policies Pre- Civil War Reading Activity
  • State’s Rights vs. Federal Power Reading Activity
  • Cultural Differences Between North and South Reading Activity
  • Transcendentalist Movement Reading Activity
  • Crittenden Compromise Reading Activity
  • North vs. South Reading Activity
  • The Missouri Compromise Reading Activity
  • Nullification Crisis Reading Activity
  • The Compromise of 1850 Reading Activity
  • Bleeding Kansas & John Brown’s Raid Reading Activity
  • Key People Leading Up to Civil War Reading Activity
  • North, South, and West Reading Activity
  • Historical Documents Leading Up to the Civil War Reading Activity
  • Lincoln & Douglas Debates Reading Activity
  • The Election of 1860 Reading Activity

Civil War Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions The Civil War
  • Cause of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • Civil War Timeline
  • Background & Causes of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • Key Events and Battles of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • The Battle of Gettysburg Reading Activity
  • Antietam & Vicksburg Reading Activity
  • Life of a Civil War Soldier Reading Activity
  • Military Strategies & Technologies of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • African Americans in the Civil War Reading Activity
  • Home Front & Civilian Life During the Civil War Reading Activity
  • War Time Inventions Reading Activity
  • The Emancipation Proclamation Reading Activity
  • The Siege of Petersburg Reading Activity
  • The Surrender of Appomattox Reading Activity
  • People of Civil War Reading Activity
  • Effects of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • People of the Civil War Chart Reading Activity
  • Key Locations of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • Key Historical Documents of the Civil War Reading Activity
  • Anaconda Plan Reading Activity

Reconstruction Textbook Replacement DBQ Close Readings in Google & Print

  • Teaching Suggestions
  • Goals and Challenges of Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Reading Activity
  • Reconstruction Acts Reading Activity
  • President Andrew Johnson Reading Activity
  • Reconstruction Plans & Policies Reading Activity
  • The Freedman’s Bureau Reading Activity
  • African American Experience during Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • Challenges and Opposition to Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • Impact on Women & Native Americans during Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • Reconstruction in the West Reading Activity
  • Radical Republicans Reading Activity
  • African American Reconstruction Leaders Reading Activity
  • Resistance to Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • Legacy of Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • The Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights Reading Activity
  • 14th & 15th Amendments Reading Activity
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson Reading Activity
  • Jim Crow Laws Reading Activity
  • Reconstruction Timelines Reading Activity
  • Key People During Reconstruction Reading Activity
  • Reconstruction Key Locations Reading Activity
  • Historical Documents from Reconstruction Reading Activity


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Early American History Textbook Replacement Readings


Perfect for:

  • Common Core support in any content area classroom.
  • Background Information: Clear, concise background information.
  • Test Prep: Reading and summaries to review key content.
  • AP TEST REVIEW: Document based questions/reading practice. DBQs
  • Lesson Planning: Use this packet to guide your lesson planning and ensure you include primary source reading and writing, which are common core skills.
  • Substitute Lessons (No Prep): Zero prep substitute lessons that guide students through key content and reading practice.
  • Bellwork or Ticket Out: Great to begin or end a lesson.
  • Homework: Great homework readings to trigger content knowledge and reading practice.

Aligned to Common Core Standards Comprehension Questions Aligned to Reading

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  • Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
  • Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
  • Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
  • Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Why Use Close Readings with Secondary Students

  • Promotes Critical Thinking: Close readings require students to delve deeply into a text, analyze its content, and draw conclusions. This process fosters critical thinking skills, enabling students to question, evaluate, and interpret information effectively.
  • Enhances Textual Understanding: Close readings help students develop a deeper understanding of the text's nuances, themes, and authorial intent. This can be particularly valuable when studying history and government documents, as it allows for a more comprehensive grasp of historical events and political concepts.
  • Supports Language Skills: Analyzing complex texts improves students' vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing abilities. These skills are essential for success in various academic subjects and in real-world scenarios.
  • Encourages Evidence-Based Discussions: Close readings prompt students to provide evidence from the text to support their interpretations and arguments. This practice enhances their ability to engage in meaningful discussions and debates, an essential skill in history and government classes.
  • Cultivates Attention to Detail: Through close readings, students learn to pay attention to details, such as word choice, tone, and literary devices. This skill can help them become more attentive and critical readers.
  • Fosters Independence: Close readings encourage students to work independently, developing the skills needed to analyze and comprehend texts on their own. This independence is crucial for lifelong learning.
  • Prepares for Standardized Tests: Many standardized tests, including those in history and government subjects, require close reading skills. Practicing close readings can help students excel in these assessments.
  • Connects to Real-World Applications: The ability to analyze and critically assess information is valuable beyond the classroom. It is a transferable skill that can be applied in various career paths, including curriculum development.

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