Over the years, I have found that students who can imagine themselves in successful careers have much more motivation to excel in school. I’m thrilled to offer this series of resources designed to help students learn about various careers while also developing listening, reading and writing skills.
Working through these passages, students will become familiar with 105 career paths.
The following passages are included in this pack:
★ Henry's Landscaping and Lawn Services
★ Breaking News: Life As A Reporter
★ Patricia Hanson: Computer Scientist
★ An Author’s Life: Vision and Revision
★ Cole Raftis: Real Estate Agent
★ Ben Swanson: Yellowstone Tour Guide
★ Building A Career As A Mason
★ Architecture: The Intersection of Science, Engineering, and Art
★ A Day in the Life of John Williams: X-Ray Technician
★ Simon Mills: Solar Power Enthusiast and Entrepreneur
★ Mandy Michaels: Mechanical Engineer
★ Catering: So Much More than Meets the Eye!
★ Salvatore Burns: Mortician
★ The Pharmacist: A Vital Part of the Healthcare Team
★ Ikigai – A Key to Success?
★ John McKay: Pilot
★ Sarah Crowley: Sure-Stop Manager
★ Amanda Davies: Website Developer
★ Phillip Mickens: Dairy Farmer
★ Jessica Higgins: Double-Decker Tour Guide
★ Lydia Martinez: Pet Groomer
★ Ronald Atwood: Dental Hygienist
★ Arthur Bennington: Historian
★ Jimmy Swanson: Forklift Operator
★ Alicia Fossaway: Prosecutor
★ Paulie Gaines: Corrections Officer
★ Lincoln Scott: Civil Engineer
★ Elissa Novak: Stuntwoman
★ Dennis Ferguson: Milk Hauler
★ Danielle Hendricks: Coastguard Petty Officer
★ Anita Bellick: Town Planner
★ Kelly Wilkins: Optometrist
★ Avery Smith: Plumber
★ Denise Sharpe: Mail Carrier
★ Josh Nickerson: Video Game Developer
★ Audrey Koss: Hotel Manager
★ Wyatt Hopkins: Urban Farmer
★ Mallory Snokes: Dietician
★ Patrick Dennings: Firefighter
★ Jenna Landover: Electrician
★ Randall Marley: Barber
★ Laurence Hayes: Health Inspector
★ Carl Dixon: Family Counselor
★ Laura Bradley: Astronomer
★ Jerry Carlson: Sports Reporter
★ Cody Griffin: Elephant Caretaker
★ Christina Wilson: Human Resources Manager
★ Kathleen Jenkins: Vet Tech
★ Evan Wilbrooks: Event Planner
★ Hiro Yamashita: Aikido Teacher
★ George Stoffel: Concert Pianist
★ Taiki Goto: Chef
★ Marietta Stevens: Interior Designer
★ Soojung Kim: Translator
★ Tara Hernandez: Wind Turbine Technician
★ Alexandra Wilson: Train Conductor
★ Heath Miller: Glazier
★ Belinda Martinez: Cybersecurity Analyst
★ Victoria Lopez: Oceanographer
★ Tim Atkins: Soil Scientist
★ Noah Brown: Loan Officer
★ Grace Walker: Actuary
★ Nina Wright: Neurologist
★ Christopher Coleman: Journalist
★ Laura Nelson: Meteorologist
★ Ryan Marshall: Magician
★ Lily Boyd: Cartographer
★ Allen McCoy: Chauffeur
★ Leona Reynolds: Traffic Engineer
★ Leo McGee: Locksmith
★ Mikayla Richards: Cardiologist
★ Michael Worthington: Marine
★ Charlene Rodríguez: Arborist
★ Caroline Gilbert: Dog Walker
★ Dr. Suzie Casland: Chemist
★ Amelia Cadway: Dental Surgeon
★ Artis Williams: Water Quality Inspector
★ Shantel Carter: Property Manager
★ Jillian Richardson: Prosthetist
★ Gage Morris: Electroplater
★ Roberta Powell: Beekeeper
★ Abel Ward: Commercial Fisherman
★ Kenneth Franklin: Modular Home Contractor
★ Alicia Shaw: Fiber Optic Technician
★ Logan Burnett: Cruise Ship Dancer
★ Amber Cunningham: Air Quality Consultant
★ Phillip Palmer: Elevator Technician
★ River Singleton: Archaeologist
★ Cora Stevens: Florist
★ Trinity Hendrix: Guide Dog Trainer
★ Gabriella Haney: Ice Cream Taster
★ Lamar McCormick: EMT
★ Hudson Dillon: River Guide
★ Stuart Reed: Music Therapist
★ Libby Finch: Commercial Diver
★ Stephanie Kirby: Radio Host
★ Simon Elmore: Electrical Lineman
★ Gemma Phelps: CAD Technician
★ Madison McLaughlin: Mine Inspector
★ Graham Abrams: Portable Restroom Renter
★ Marco Conway: Sign Language Interpreter
★ Janet Mallory: Recycling Plant Manager
★ Faye Cooley: Private Investigator
★ Janet Ryder: Electric Car Engineer
★ Kelvin Rhodes: Air Traffic Controller
These passages are ideal to read to students in first and second grade. It is truly never too early to help students begin to imagine possibilities! With each passage, there is a simple written response sheet prompting students to consider whether they would be interested in the career field and benefits/drawbacks of the career option.
Students reading at an upper elementary reading level are generally able to read these passages and then answer the text evidence questions. I recommend taking time to discuss and introduce any vocabulary that will be unfamiliar to your students.
In addition to the written response page specifically for younger students, five multiple choice questions and two written response questions are included with each passage.
The multiple choice questions focus on topics such as:
★ central message
★ main idea of specific paragraphs
★ recognizing statements of opinion
Depending on the level of your students, the passages in this set can be ideal for close reading lessons, small group instruction and/or independent work, morning work or homework.
I truly hope your students find these passages enjoyable and that these passages help open students’ minds to new possibilities.
These activities support the following Student Outcomes and related Common Core Standards:
★ Students will identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text (ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2).
★ Students will determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text (ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4 and RI.3.4).
★ Students will ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers (ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 & RI3.1 ).
★ Students will read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension (ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.4, RF.3.4 and RF.4.4).
★ Students will read grade-level text with purpose and understanding (ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.4.A, RF.3.4.A and RF.4.4A).
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!
Sincerely, Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy)
* Please note: An answer key is included for the multiple choice questions. For many of the written response questions, answers can vary and are considered correct as long as the student logically uses evidence from the text to support his or her answer.
Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Levels M and N