Events Leading to American Independence

Read about the such events as the Stamp Act, British taxes on colonies, and the Boston Massacre that led to the Independence of America from Britain. After reading this adapted article from, learners respond to four multiple choice questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the included leveled texts to meet all reading levels of learners in your class
  • Create a free account with Newsela and assign the text to classes and to different leveled readers 
  • Encourage pupils to highlight their answers within the text
Classroom Considerations

  • The article is a Lexile® 950 reading level and is intended for 6th graders
  • Does not come with an answer key, but one can be made easily by completing the worksheet
  • The website version of the text has a writing portion that is only available online; consider adding the short answer question on the end of each question set

  • Comes in four additional reading passages intended for grades 3, 4, 5, and 12, each at various Lexile® levels

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