6th Grade Reading Midterm Exam | Reading Literature Midterm for Grade 6

6th Grade Reading Midterm Exam | Reading Literature Midterm for Grade 6
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  1. Short Story of the Month Club, 6th GradeGrab this collection of popular Short Story Units tailored for 6th grade reading! I created these units specifically around the CCSS for grade 6, but they can absolutely be used in grades 5-8 - please check the preview file to verify this. Try the first month
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*Includes self-grading Google Forms versions!* This midterm exam/midterm assessment for 6th grade reading literature is completely editable (in PPT) so you can customize it for your students or simply print and go. The midterm exam includes 28 questions as well as an original passage. 16 questions are content knowledge (matching literary terms) and 12 questions are CCSS-style multiple-choice assessment for skills RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, and RL.6.5. These AND the remaining skills are all covered in both the pre-assessment and the final assessment exams.

This assessment also aligns directly with my Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 6 Short Story Unit Collection, but you can absolutely use it even if you won't used these short story units. You’ll notice that the terms come from mini-lessons included with various stories and the style of questions is the same that they will see monthly on the unit comprehension skills tests.

On the answer key, I've labeled each multiple choice question with the CCSS standard(s) that the question assesses.

I have included two versions of this exam to help you differentiate for students with testing modifications.

Version 1: Regular Version

Version 2: Modified Version, no more than 4 options for literary term definitions, and no more than 2 options for multiple choice questions

Specific literary terms tested:









direct characterization

indirect characterization


falling action


rising action


character traits

Need an easy, super-engaging way to teach all of these CCSS skills? You need my Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 6! The first two-week unit is FREE!

Looking for a Reading Informational Text version of this assessment? I'll create one when my Grade 6 Article of the Week Club is half-finished in December.

Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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