RTI: 60 Fluency Passages for Progress Monitoring Comprehension 5th-12th Grades

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5th - 12th, Homeschool
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180 Comprehension Assessments aligned to these passages HERE, added Aug. 28, 2019.

Are you a middle school or high school teacher and have you been told that you must "do" RTI? Yet have been given no direction, no training, no intervention resources or no progress monitoring tools? Then this is the packet for you. This packet is not the interventions...I do however, have an RTI Reading Interventions Menu (free) HERE.

This product will help you progress monitor fluency and comprehension interventions. In RTI, it's simply not enough to provide interventions to struggling readers, we must have proof, with data points, to prove that the interventions are working (or in some cases, not working). No longer can teachers recommend a student for testing based on hunches, sixth senses and 35 years of classroom experience. This product helps a teacher accomplish the task of collecting the progress monitoring data points for interventions in the reading areas of phonics, fluency and comprehension. This packet is also ideal for interventionists, tutors or home school teachers of 5th-12th graders or any teacher, interventionist, special education teacher, tutor or home school that works with 5th-12th grade students reading at least two to four years below grade level.

In addition, if you think progress monitoring fluency isn't essential in middle and high school, I would argue that the depth and complexity of middle and high school text is more demanding as a cognitive process due to the amount of text students are asked to read, and the rigorous content (science, math, history) of the these subjects. If students are reading fluently, then very little "RAM" is left to comprehend content rich text, and this can be very problematic for a middle or high schooler, in school, and in real life.

This product also works for core instruction for any student reading above level S, about mid 5th grade level. Add these fluency passages to your fluency center, guided reading rotations, discussion groups, literature circles, socratic seminars or use for independent work.

This product can be used as a hard copy resource (paper/pen, binder) or as a digital resource (paperless).

Included in this product are the following:

A Quick Start Guide

A Guide to RTI Progress Monitoring with Fluency

60 Fluency Passages-(aligned with the lexile system) with word count

60 (duplicate) Fluency Passages without word count

60 (duplicate) Fluency Passage without word count plus a passage image

10+ Student Fluency Graphs (for students and teachers)

In addition to the 60 fluency passages that I have written and created, I have written a short guide to understanding the role, purpose and rationale of progress monitoring as an essential and necessary component of the learning process from my experiences of implementing RTI for the past nine years, in a very easy to read and understand format. Of the four research based ways to measure comprehension; fluency timings, oral retellings, multiple-choice questions and cloze, fluency timings show the highest correlation to reading comprehension of these four ways.

These passages can also be used for homework or in your classroom at a fluency center for those students who are trying to improve or just maintain their fluency growth. These passages are my original creations. Every passage is leveled according to the lexile measurement system that has been adopted by the Common Core. If you think you need just your grade level, I would ask you to consider the range and level of readers in your class. If you have students reading above and below grade level, you will need to use passages at their instructional reading level, not their grade level. With the lexile overlap that occurs, there are:

21 passages in the 5th grade range

25 passages in the 6th grade range

27 passages in the 7th grade range

34 passages in the 8th grade range

31 passages in the 9th grade range

30 passages in the 10th grade range

14 passages in the 11th/12th grade range

I wrote these passages with middle and high school students in mind. That is, topics chosen and included in this packet are current, relevant and interesting to today's student. In addition, I realize that sometimes as teachers, we just can't find curriculum we are looking for, we can't find text that fits into today's curriculum. I hope the 60 passages below are just that...juicy, interesting and fun to read about. Here are the titles:

Fixer Upper

Turn Down the Volume

Gory Details of the Civil War


True Webmasters

Getting Rid of Ants

Memes, Minions & Mojis

Devil's Tramping Ground

Farming Feeds the Planet

No Shave November

Please Pass the Ketchup

No Bullying

Ice Hockey

Race to the White House

Emojis Take Over Texting

Russell Wilson, Champion for Children

The History of Ice Cream

Thanksgiving Traditions

Measuring a Hurricane

Milk: From Farm to Table

Bryce Harper's Hair

Growth Mindset

The Effects of Distracted Driving

Hurricane Matthew

Preventing a Fire

Snapchat Me Back!

Let's Take A Selfie!


Healthy Choices, Healthy Teeth

Getting From Point A to Point B

Teen Drivers Behind the Wheel

Genius Hour Makes Research Cool

STEM Careers

History of the Frappuccino

Homework Doesn't Work

Pig Problems

Sleep, Snooze or Stay Awake

So, You Want to Be Famous?

Leaving on a Jet Plane

College Dropout Creates Facebook

Harriet Tubman

Ranch Dressing

The American Red Cross

All About Steph Curry

To Teach Cursive Handwriting, Or Not

Life Between Sand and Sea

Hashtags or Pound Sign?

Flexible Seating

Polar Problems Up North

Do You Coupon?

All Hail to Malala!

Netflix is the New Cable

Alexander Hamilton

Coding: Computer Science 101

Corn Maze Fun

All About Mae Jamison

School Uniforms

Michael Phelps

Coffee Has A Latte Caffeine

Killing of Harambe

This fluency product is licensed for single user/single classroom use. If other teachers at other grade levels or schools are interested in these fluency passages, please send them to my store at www.hellojenjones.com. This is my original work and I have put a lot of time, effort and energy into creating it. Thank you for respecting the rules of copyright.

Please be sure to download the preview file to get a snapshot of everything that's included in this product and "Follow Me" for future RTI uploads.

My other RTI products can be found here:

60 Fluency Passages for Progress Monitoring K-5 Reading Interventions BEST SELLER

RTI: 125 CBM's for Progress Monitoring Phonemic Awareness Interventions

RTI 125 CBMs for Progress Monitoring Foundational Literacy Interventions-Set 1

RTI 125 CBMs for Progress Monitoring Foundational Literacy Interventions {Set 2}

RTI: 125 Fluency Sentences Assessments for Progress Monitoring Phonics Interventions

Thank you!

Jen Jones


© 2017, Jen Jones, Hello Literacy, Inc. - RTI: 60 Fluency Passages for Progress Monitoring Comprehension (Grades 5-12)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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