Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The 1930's
Social Security

The 1930's
The 1930's

Social Security
Print Social Security Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.32

     challenging words:    retiree, files, better, helping, registration, committee, drastic, spouse, lasted, introduction, knowing, secretary, economy, costing, capable, original
     content words:    United States, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Great Depression, President Roosevelt, Social Security, Social Security Board, United States Post Office, Ernest Ackerman, Cost-of-Living Adjustment

Social Security
By Jane Runyon

1     Do you know anyone who is retired? Do you know what it means to be retired? Many people work to make a living for many years. When they reach a certain age, they will quit work and retire from their job. When a person retires from a job, he or she will no longer be paid for working. How can a person afford to pay their bills when there is no money coming in?
2     Before the 1900s, most people relied on their families to take care of them when they could no longer work. Children took over the work of their fathers. They ran the farms. They continued the businesses. Three or four generations of the same family might live in the same house. The introduction of machinery and factories into the economy of the United States changed all that. Fewer children stayed home to run the family farms or businesses. They found better paying jobs in cities working in factories.
3     The late 1920s and early 1930s saw a depression tearing the economy to shreds. People lost their jobs. They lost their homes and businesses. Families were no longer capable of taking care of their own. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt inherited all of the problems of the Great Depression when he was elected president in 1932. He knew something drastic needed to be done to help the older citizens of the country. He also had to find new jobs for those still young enough to work.

Paragraphs 4 to 10:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Feedback on Social Security
Leave your feedback on Social Security   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

The 1930's
             The 1930's

More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons

United States
             United States

    American Government  
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
    Children in History  
    Government Careers  
    Hispanic Heritage  
    How Can I Help?  
    National Parks and Monuments  
    Native Americans  
    Presidents of the United States  
    Women's History  

United States History
    A Nation Divided
    A New Nation
    After the Civil War
    American Revolution  
    Cold War
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
    Lewis and Clark
    Pearl Harbor  
    Spanish American War (1898)  
    The 1890's  
    The 1900's  
    The 1910's  
    The 1920's  
    The 1930's  
    The 1940's  
    The 1950's  
    The 1960's  
    The 1970's  
    The 1980's  
    The 1990's  
    The 2000's  
    The Civil War
    The Great Depression
    The United States Grows
    The War of 1812  
    Wild, Wild West  
    World War I
    World War II  

50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit

Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities

Copyright © 2018 edHelper