This packet contains eight lessons perfect for teaching close readings! Each lesson has two paired texts on non-fiction topics such as recycling, beaver dams, homework, dress codes, video games, weather, and more! Comprehension questions follow each passage. The questions cover compare and contrast, summarizing,author’s purpose, fact/opinion, use of subheadings, vocabulary, antonyms/synonyms, author claims and evidence, main idea and supporting details. The stories are high-interest and will get your students Common Core ready! Answer key to all stories included. Created by an award winning teacher with extremely high value added more than three years running!