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FREE Pearls Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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42 pages
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NOTE: This is a free preview of my {June close reading product}. This preview shows one topic in its entirety. In the full product, you get a total of four different topics with the same types of second read, third read, writing response, and paired text activities. If you are looking for an online version of this product, click {here}.

I have used these close reading texts with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. The follow-up activities have gotten my students to go back to the text and dig deeper.

How are my close reading texts unique?

★ Original, high-interest, and short passages written by me

★ Discreetly differentiated into five levels of difficulty to address a wide range of student abilities

★ Variety of engaging follow-up activities that require students to dig deeper into the passages

★ Paired text and activity for each topic

★ Format options for use with or without interactive notebooks

Perfect for:

★ Whole group

★ Guided reading

★ ELA centers

★ Homework

What is included?

★ Overview of close reading

★ Lesson plan pacing guides for whole group, small group, and homework options

★ Five levels of passages, second and third reading activities, writing response, paired text and activity, and answer keys for each topic

★ Half-page and notebook page header options for interactive notebooks


Click here to download FREE 10-question assessments to go with all of my monthly close reading topics!

This topic's skills are:

★ Compare/contrast

★ Cause/effect

★ Narrative writing

★ Paired with Diamonds to practice problem/solution

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Total Pages
42 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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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).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


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