Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions for Print and TpT Digital

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Rachel Lynette
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These engaging, no-prep Text Time passages (written by a published children's author) are the "just right" way to help your students learn to support their thinking with evidence from the text. There are 60 passages, each presented at 3 reading levels (for a total of 180 passages) so you can differentiate as needed. The passages are a mix of high-interest and curriculum-based science and social studies topics and include both informational text and literature. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills and require students to highlight the text to show how they know. Everything you need is on one page - just print and go!


Distance Learning

The downloadable product is a printable product only. Print the pages you need and send them home in packets.

***********There is also a digital version using TpT's new digital tool (added July 2020). After purchase, click the white “Open in Easel" button. This will give you access to a version with text boxes for student input and a highlighting tool to color the text. You can edit the digital overlay or use it as is.***********

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This resource was created by Rachel Lynette for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses from TpT. Thank you for respecting these terms of use. :)


Please see the free preview for 9 full-sized pages to try with your students.

The Show How You Know, text-dependent questions are identical for all three 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 first-grade students, especially near the start of the year. Each page includes 3 short answer or multiple-choice questions. Most of the questions are paired with a crayon graphic. Students should color the crayon and then use that color to highlight the text where they find the relevant information.


The passages are sequenced in cycles of three as follows:

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration such as a map, diagram, or photo,

IT: Longer Informational Text (nonfiction)

L: Literature (fiction)

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


Within the 60 passages, there are 6 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 key details, vocabulary/context clues, main idea, sequence of events, making inferences and predictions, character, plot, setting, moral/lesson, retelling, genre, and interpreting an illustration (map, chart, diagram, table, or photo), analysis, and evaluation. They are also listed in the Table of Contents for easy reference.

Full-page answer keys are provided. Because the questions are the same for all three reading levels, I have used the middle version for the answer keys. When checking the text highlighting, note that it will vary a bit for the easier and the harder versions. Answers will also vary somewhat for short answer questions.

If you would like consistent practice all year long, use two Text Time pages 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 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

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 Capybaras

2 The Tallest Trees

3 Luna and the Leaves

4 Your Sense of Taste

5 What Does a Mayor Do?

6 Shia and the Unicorn

7 The Water Cycle

8 The California Gold Rush (paired)

9 Panning for Gold (paired)

10 What is Erosion?

11 Vampire Bats

12 Planting Pumpkins

13 Castle Battlements

14 A "Waterfall" of Lava

15 At the Store

16 The Sahara Desert

17 What is an Immigrant?

18 Rima's Story

19 Tiny, Mighty Ants

20 What is Hibernation?

21 A Snowman for Sasha

22 Your Lungs (paired)

23 What is Asthma? (paired)

24 The Seal and the Seagull

25 Sea Stars

26 In a Deep, Dark Cave

27 Sledding with Caleb

28 What is Braille? (paired)

29 Louis Braille (paired)

30 At Grandma's House

31 In a Tropical Rain Forest

32 What Does a Pediatrician Do?

33 The Rest of the Story

34 Time for a New Toothbrush

35 Snow Leopards

36 New Home, New Friends

37 Why the Wind Blows (paired)

38 Hurricanes (paired)

39 Three Best Friends

40 What is a Family Tree?

41 Make a Magic Balancing Box

42 Keenan's Kite

43 International Symbols

44 Terrific Tree Frogs!

45 Big, Scary Spider

46 The Moon

47 What is a Coral Reef (paired)

48 An Angelfish Essay (paired)

49 Seeds

50 Why Rabbits Have Long Ears

51 Pitching Practice

52 What are Petroglyphs?

53 What does a Pediatrician Do?

54 Deer Morning

55 Hummingbirds in Flight

56 Hummingbirds

57 Abby's Ice Cream

58 National Parks

59 Ice Cream at the World's Fair

60 Dear Goldilocks...

Also included: Instructions for use, full page answer keys, and three printables to use with the 6 included paired passages.

The image on every third passage is in color so it will look great when displayed for the whole class. However, the sheets will still print out fine in gray-scale for individual student use.


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Happy Teaching!

Rachel Lynette

Minds in Bloom

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.


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