Nonfiction | Nonfiction Reading Passages and Questions Printable and Digital

Amy Haselden
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2nd - 5th
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  1. Is it tough to engage your students for reading comprehension that includes the main idea, details, higher order thinking, inferring, and opinion? This resource uses 40 low level high interest topics and comprehension questions to excite even your pickiest students! These original, high interest st
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Nonfiction texts with critical thinking questions make your students read and think through their responses using reading comprehension passages with comprehension questions in printable and digital formats. Bloom’s Taxonomy and original stories are used as a framework to teach my students higher-order thinking skills.

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Step 1 Remembering : main idea-- The student has to answer 3 questions, from these three questions they will be able to tell you the main idea of the story by creating a phrase about the story based on the answers.

Step 2 Understanding details--will help your students learn how to describe 3 main details about the story.

Step 3 Applying--begins the higher level questioning, but the answers are still in the reading material.

Step 4 Analyzing--has the student identify a sequence or list of components that make up the story.

Step 5 Evaluating--uses a lot of inferring or predicting to answer the questions.

Step 6 Creating--has the student think about the topic in a new way or create a plan.

Step 7 Your Opinion--will have unique answers from each student for independent thinking.

Index of Topics:




Hermit Crab


Treasure Chest

Shark Teeth

Fortune Cookies

Ships in Bottles


Monster Trucks

Unusual Animal Friends

Pearls in Oysters


The Horse


Roller Coaster


Scuba Diving

Motocross Dirt Bikes

It has come to my attention through working with various ages of children that they do not have the language ability to answer this type of questioning accurately and effectively. My students struggle with questions at the application level and above. If the answers are taken directly from the text they may be able to find the correct answer. However, if the questions require deeper insight especially answering Why and How questions, my students struggle! I created this unit with them in mind. **Download the Treasure Chest free sample in the preview before you buy!**

The stories are original and I hope of high interest to your students. They even print great in black and white! For my older students (from third through eighth grade self contained classes) I plan on teaching them the first few stories and then letting them have more independence with answering the questions. I want to check their sentence structure as well during this activity. Hopefully, by the end of this unit I will be able to see a huge difference in their ability to answer higher order thinking questions!

I hope this unit helps your students improve their higher order thinking skills! I plan on making a set of fiction passages as well so please follow my store at the star to see when they are finished!

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Main Idea for Beginners

Main Idea for Beginning Readers Step 2

Summarizing and Sequencing Paragraphs Print and Go!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


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