Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Immigration
Why Did Russians Come to America?

Immigration
Immigration


Why Did Russians Come to America?
Print Why Did Russians Come to America? Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Why Did Russians Come to America? Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.3

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    defectors, non-persons, communism, communist, trend, bloody, destruction, loyalty, massacre, southward, civil, protesters, murder, second-largest, political, newly
     content words:    Emperor Alexander II, Eastern Europe, Russian Empire, Czar Alexander II, On January, Bloody Sunday, Soviet Union, Russian Americans


Why Did Russians Come to America?
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Caption: Emperor Alexander II of Russia
 
2     Did you know that Russia once owned land that is now part of the U.S.? The first Russians "immigrants" came in the 1700's. Explorers from Siberia discovered what is now Alaska and claimed it for Russia. Eventually, Russian settlements spread southward almost to what is now California.
 
3     For many hundreds of years, Russia was a huge empire. It included lands such as Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland. The empire was ruled by czars, who were much like kings. When a czar was murdered in 1881, the crime was blamed on the Jews. They were falsely accused of planning and carrying out the murder.
 
4     The Jewish people of Eastern Europe faced a wave of destruction, sponsored by the government. These massacres were known as pogroms. Angry mobs burned Jewish villages. Russian soldiers murdered innocent Jews.
 
5     At this time, Jewish immigrants came to the U.S. using any means possible. Many defied the czar's laws against leaving the country. They traveled at night, avoiding guards and bribing officials. They went by boat in horrible conditions in order to be free in the U.S.

Paragraphs 6 to 13:
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 Why Did Russians Come to America?
Leave your feedback on Why Did Russians Come to America?  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Immigration
             Immigration


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?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    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
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit


Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities



Copyright © 2017 edHelper