FREE Pearls Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

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Fifth in the Middle
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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42 pages
Fifth in the Middle


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).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


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