Here are three great short readings that will help your students make a claim from a text! There are three practice exercises in this worksheet that range from easy to difficult:
The first practice exercise prompts the students to choose the BEST claim from a list of multiple choice options based on the reading passage.
The second practice exercise has a more difficult reading passage that prompts students to choose the best claim from a multiple choice question, and requires them to write down 2 supporting details.
The third passage is the most difficult reading passage out of the three, and requires students to write their own claims and details to support their response.
This is a great introduction into Informative/explanatory essay writing, research reports, etc. and is also based on common core standards.