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What’s the Purpose? FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress on the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Your student will read the beginning of the speech to determine Roosevelt’s purpose. This worksheet is gre ...

Summarize It: President Theodore Roosevelt’s Message

One of the great conservationists, President Theodore Roosevelt was also a visionary about the use of natural resources. In this worksheet, your student will write a summary of one of President Roosev ...

The Ransom of Red Chief

We know crime doesn’t pay, but the ironic twist in O. Henry’s classic short story has the criminals paying dearly. In this worksheet, your youngster will analyze the irony of the situation. It’s good ...

Shakespeare’s Language: What’s the Meaning?

Shakespeare’s language can be difficult for students to decipher. This worksheet uses one of the most “reader friendly” of Shakespeare’s soliloquies, “All the World’s a Stage” from As You Like It. It’ ...

Literature About Chicago: Prose vs. Poetry

Much has been written about Chicago, both in prose and poetry. In this worksheet, your student is asked to compare two passages about Chicago. One is from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, the other is Car ...

How Do I Love Thee? Supporting Ideas

One of the most beautiful poems in literature is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?” In this worksheet, your student will look for text examples to support the main idea. While many gra ...

Finding Text Evidence: Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an author, lecturer and abolitionist. He was also at one time a slave. This worksheet uses a passage from Douglass’ autobiography as a way to find supporting textual evidence. I ...

Character Development in The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” is spooky, scary and chilling. It’s also a good way for students to practice analyzing a character. The worksheet is in line with Common Core Standards for read ...

Evaluating Text: My Life

Helen Keller was an extraordinary person who overcame great hardship to become an author, lecturer and activist. In this worksheet, your student will evaluate a premise that Keller makes in her autobi ...

Analyzing O! Pioneers

The classic novel “O! Pioneers,” by Willa Cather is a moving story of Nebraska farmers. In this worksheet, your student will examine a passage to find text evidence to support a thesis. Use it for pra ...

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