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Close Reading Comprehension Passages Google Classroom Distance Learning

Rachel Lynette
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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Dig deeply into the text for comprehension and close reading practice with these Text Time high-interest, standards-based Google Slides reading passages, written by a published nonfiction children’s author.


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There are 60 passages, each presented at two reading levels (grades 3-4 and 4-5) for a total of 120 passages. The passages are a mix of high-interest and curriculum-based topics and include informational text, literature, and poetry. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.

The Show What You Know, text-dependent questions are identical for both reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages altogether, even if you have students using different reading levels. Note that some questions may be challenging for third grade students, especially near the start of the year.


Looking for shorter, "warm-up" passages? try:



The passages are sequenced (and color-coded) in cycles of six as follows:

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction)

L: Literature (fiction)

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration such as a map, chart, graph, diagram etc.

L: Literature (fiction)

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction)

P: Poetry

Breakdown by type: 1/2 Informational Text, 1/3 Literature, and 1/6 Poetry.


Within the 60 passages, there are five sets of paired passages. The paired passages appear adjacent to each other and address a similar topic for comparing and contrasting. Three additional printables are included to use with these paired passages. These passages will also work as stand-alone activities if you do not want to use them together.

The skills addressed in each passage are written in small print at the bottom on the left hand side. The skills address most of the RI and RL Common Core Standards and include: reading for details, main idea, summarizing, inference, predicting, genre setting/character/plot, theme, context clues/vocabulary, figurative language, author’s style, author’s purpose, point of view, mood/tone, text structure, comparing and contrasting, interpreting an illustration (map, chart, diagram, table, or photo), analysis, and evaluation. They are also listed in the table of contents for easy reference.

If you would like consistent practice all year long, use two Text Time slides per week, perhaps on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Another option is to use them three times a week, possibly Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which will get you through most of the school year. A third possibility is to go ala carte, selecting passages for their subjects or the skills addressed, as needed.

These passages could be used for distance learning, morning work, at a center or station, as part of a reading packet, with a small group, as homework, as enrichment for younger, highly capable students, as remediation for struggling students, or as test prep. For interactive notebooks, just cut the two sections apart.


About the Author

With the exception of the poems, all of these passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, and several others. You can find my books on Amazon (I also write under the names: Lynette Robbins and Tori Miller). These passages are well-researched, well-organized, and age-appropriate. They are no different than those you would find in a published nonfiction book.


Topics Included:

1 A Real Life Batman

2 At the Amusement Park

3 Be a Tree Detective

4 California Bound!

5 So Many Satellites!

6 Victory

7 Insects for Dinner

8 The Gorilla and the Monkey

9 Alligator or Crocodile?

10 Why I am Afraid of Balloons

11 Author Louis Sachar

12 A Boy’s Summer Song

13 The Pony Express (paired)

14 My Brother the Rider (paired)

15 One Country or Four?

16 The Case of the Missing Poodle

17 A Quarterback Who Gives Back

18 Little-Girl-Two-Little-Girls

19 Mission to Mars (paired)

20 A New Life on Mars (paired)

21 The Layers of the Earth

22 Pandora’s Box

23 Coniferous and Deciduous Trees

24 Brother and Sister

25 The Invention of Earmuffs

26 Hamster Adventures

27 Too Much Sugar!

28 Kirla’s Quest

29 Mountain Food Chains

30 Which are You?

31 Sojourner Truth

32 Snow Day

33 Animal Bedtimes

34 The Best Day Ever!

35 Our Incredible Sun

36 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

37 Amazing Anacondas (paired)

38 I Saw an Anaconda (paired)

39 The Population of Australia

40 Sam and the Swim Team

41 The Early Life of Benjamin Franklin

42 Chicago Poet

43 Conductors and Insulators (paired)

44 Safety First (paired)

45 Hurricanes

46 Jamie and the Bear

47 Staying Safe in the Sun

48 The Wind

49 Reading to Rover

50 Super Cheese Man to the Rescue!

51 China’s Terracotta Soldiers (paired)

52 An Ancient Soldier(paired)

53 Ice Cream in a Baggie

54 The Grass So Little Has to Do

55 Machu Picchu

56 Lizzy’s Lemonade Stand

57 Wind Power

58 The Wind and the Sun

59 Hooray for Peanut Butter!

60 The Fisherman

Also included: teacher answer keys and three slides to use with the 5 included paired passages.


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Happy Teaching!

Rachel Lynette

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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