Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions

Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
Paired Passages Plus: Close Reading Comprehension with Questions
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  1. Dig deeply into the text for comprehension and close reading practice with these high-interest, standards-based reading passages written by a published nonfiction children’s author. Each of these 130 passages is presented at two reading levels (3/4 and 4/5). The Show What You Know, text-dependent qu
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While these Text Time Triple passages can be used independently, they were written to be used to compare and contrast in pairs or all three together. There are 30 passages, each presented at two reading levels (grades 3-4 and 4-5) for a total of 60 passages - all written by an experienced and published nonfiction children's author. You also get a variety of graphic organizers to help students compare the passages.

The passages are science and social-studies based to dovetail into your curriculum. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.


This product is also available in a money-saving bundle:

Text Time Close Reading Bundle with 130 Passages.


The Show What You Know, text-dependent questions are identical for both reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages altogether, even if you have students using different reading levels. Note that some questions may be challenging for third grade students, especially near the start of the year.

The passages are sequenced in cycles of three. The three passages all focus on related topics. Each of the three passages can be identified with the same number, but a different letter as follows:

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) – this is usually an overview of the topic.

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration such as a map, chart, photo, diagram etc.

L: Literature (fiction) – this is a story or other fictional passage related to the topic.

In addition to passages and questions, there are also eleven printables:

-A half-page annotation guide.

-3 different formats for comparing and contrasting two related passages (chart, graphic organizer, written response).

-3 different formats for comparing all three related passages (chart, graphic organizer, written response).

-4 pages to guide students in writing an informational paragraph using facts gathered from their Text Time Triple reading: Taking Notes, Organizing, First Draft/Editing, and Final Draft.


The skills addressed in each passage are written in small print in the bottom left margin and in the table of contents for easy reference. The skills address most of the RI and RL Common Core Standards and include:

reading for details, main idea, summarizing, paraphrasing, inference, genre, setting/character/plot, theme, context clues/vocabulary, figurative language, author’s style, author’s purpose, point of view, mood/tone, text structure, text features, comparing and contrasting, interpreting an illustration (map, chart, diagram, table, or photo), analysis, and evaluation. These skills are also listed in the Table of Contents for easy reference.

These passages could be used for morning work, at a center or station, as part of a reading packet, with a small group, as homework, as enrichment for younger, highly capable students, as remediation for struggling students, or as test prep. For interactive notebooks, just cut the two sections apart.


About the Author

All of these passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, and several others. You can find my books on Amazon (I also write under the names: Lynette Robbins and Tori Miller). These passages are well-researched, well-organized, and age appropriate. They are no different than those you would find in a published nonfiction book.


Looking for the original Text Time? It's right here:

Text Time Close Reading Passages.

Looking for Text Time for the younger students? Check out:

Text Time for Grades 1-3.


Passages Included in this Product:

1a Camouflage

1b The Walking Stick Bug

1c Walking Stick Escape!

2a Service Dogs

2b Dogs That Help

2c A Day in the Life of a Service Dog

3a Dwarf Planet Pluto

3b New Horizons

3c Poor Pluto!

4a The Titanic

4b The Wreck of the Titanic

4c We Survived

5a The Light We See

5b Refracting Light

5c Ethan’s New Glasses

6a The Transcontinental Railroad

6b The Golden Spike

6c Life on the Line

7a Fascinating Fossils

7b Body and Trace Fossils

7c Fossil Hunting

8a Ancestral Pueblo People

8b Ancient Apartments

8c A Visit to Mesa Verde

9a Honey Bees

9b Honey Bee Dances

9c A Letter to the Queen

10a Volcanoes

10b The Ring of Fire

10c How the Rualdo Bird Lost its Song

Also included:

-Half-Page Annotation Guide

-Compare and Contrast 2 Passages Printables (Chart, Graphic Organizer, Written Response)

-Compare and Contrast 3 Passages Printables (Chart, Written Response, Venn Diagram)

-Informative Paragraph Guides (Taking Notes, Organizing, First Draft/Editing, Final Draft)

-Answer Keys


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Happy Teaching!

Rachel Lynette

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