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Shaping the United States of America

Get your readers interested in the causes and people behind key historical events. This beginning reading series on early U.S. history features engaging curriculum-based content aligned to C3 standards for history.

The Bill of Rights
Carefully leveled text coupled with primary-source images will encourage young readers to take a closer look at the U.S. Constitution's first ten Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. Citizens of the newly independent United States proposed several freedoms, including speech, assembly, and worship--many of which are still recognized and honored today. Lexile:760, GRL:R

The Declaration of Independence
Written by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson addressed to King George III of England, the Declaration of Independence was a key document in shaping the course of American history and severing the colonies' ties to England. Young readers will learn about the events that led to the writing and creation of the Declaration of Independence, the effect it had on the colonists' lives, and why it is one of America's most significant symbols of liberty. Lexile:720, GRL:R

The Magna Carta
Although a British document, the Magna Carta was an influential and important written document that helped shape the foundation of America. Readers will discover why this primary source is so important, the context behind the document, and how it inspired key U.S. documents like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Lexile:720, GRL:S

The Mayflower Compact
Readers will explore the events and people behind the Mayflower Compact, the first written framework for a government for the United States of America. Historical photos, including carefully selected primary sources, will allow students to gain a stronger understanding of the events surrounding the signing of the Mayflower Compact and the groundwork of democracy in America. Lexile:690, GRL:R

The Star-Spangled Banner
The War of 1812 and an American victory inspired Francis Scott Key to write his famous poem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," which later became the national anthem of the United States. The events surrounding the war and Key's poem helped establish the American flag as a symbol of patriotism and freedom. Lexile:800, GRL:R

The U.S. Constitution
Encourage good citizenship and teach young readers about primary sources as they learn about the U.S. Constitution. Readers will get an inside look at the document on which our nation was founded, along with the branches of government, courts of law, amendments, and rights. Lexile:720, GRL:R


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Reading Level

Interest Level

Reading Levels 1-2

Grades 1-3

Subject/Genre: U.S. History

Ratings: Lexile: 690-800 | GRL:R-S

Recommended Ages: Grades 1-3

Pages: 24 pp., 8 x 8


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