Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
European History: 1600s-1800s
The London Underground

European History: 1600s-1800s
European History: 1600s-1800s

The London Underground
Print The London Underground Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print The London Underground Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print The London Underground Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.91

     challenging words:    aboveground, air-raid, highly-traveled, outlying, underway, necessity, trench, steam-powered, originally, newly, rails, disruption, pedestrian, system, design, beginning
     content words:    London Underground, Metropolitan Railway, Sir Marc Brunel, Thames River, During World War II

The London Underground
By Sharon Fabian

1     The London Underground is the world's oldest subway system. Today it carries more than three million passengers every day. It has 270 stations, and, with over 250 miles of railways, it is one of the world's longest subway systems. It has come a long way from its beginnings in 1863.
2     In that year, the Metropolitan Railway opened the first line of the subway running between Paddington and Farringdon. Its first route was about four miles long. The train itself was steam-powered. Its rails ran underground at some points and aboveground at others. With a steam-powered engine, aboveground sections were a necessity for venting the smoke and steam. The subway had originally been authorized back in 1854, but due to financial problems and other delays, nine years had passed before the line was ready for passengers.
3     The day the subway opened for business was an exciting day. It was a big event. That first day, an amazing 30,000 passengers lined up to take a ride.
4     That was just the beginning. The underground railway system became both useful and popular. As the demand for more lines increased, more lines were built.
5     Building a subway line was a complicated process. The older method, used during most of the 1800s, involved digging a trench and then building the subway inside. Strong support beams were built into the design to keep the tunnels from collapsing. As the final step, the subway was roofed over. Since subways were usually built in highly-traveled areas, this form of construction caused disruption to the street traffic for as long as it took to build the subway.

Paragraphs 6 to 12:
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 The London Underground
Leave your feedback on The London Underground   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

European History: 1600s-1800s
             European History: 1600s-1800s

Social Studies
             Social Studies

    United States History and Theme Units  
    American Government  
    Ancient America  
    Ancient China  
    Ancient Egypt  
    Ancient Greece  
    Ancient India  
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
    Ancient Rome  
    Canadian Theme Unit  
    Country Theme Units  
    Crime and Terrorism  
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
    Famous Educators  
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
    History of Books and Writing  
    History of Mathematics  
    How Can I Help?  
    Inventors and Inventions  
    Middle Ages  
    World Religion  
    World War I  
    World War II  
    World Wonders  

Copyright © 2018 edHelper