This collection of passages for Grade 5 provides students with close reading practice. American Patriots fought eight long years to win independence from Great Britain. Read these excerpts to learn about early Revolutionary War battles. Who won? Who lost? Find out about American political leaders, both men and women. Discover little-known details about a regiment of black soldiers. How did these heroes help American colonies win freedom? The excerpts will answer these questions and more. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.