This collection of passages for Grade 5 provides students with close reading practice. There's nothing like firsthand experience when you want to learn the facts about something. Primary sources in history offer words from people who were there. Read these excerpts to hear what really happened during the Boston Tea Party from a Patriot who was there. Hear from a slave whipped by his heartless master and a pioneer who survived the hardships of the Oregon Trail. Words come alive in these events from America's past. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.