Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
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These 54 nonfiction reading passages are perfect for close reading or test prep at any time of the year. Use for direct instruction, partner work, guided reading, homework, warm-up work, or intervention. Each passage requires close reading and a high level of thinking. Many context clues and inference questions are included. Each reading passage is about a Science or Social Studies topic to facilitate your cross-curricular instruction. Reading levels have been assigned to each reading passage. Grade level designations are reflective of the Common Core Stretch reading level Bands.


These are the same passages that are included in my monthly Close Reading bundles, so if you own those OR the All-Year Close Reading Bundle, do not purchase this set because you already own these passages!

If you prefer the All-Year Bundle, click here.

Titles Included:

Set 1:

1. Dinosaur Poop (reading level 1010)
2. Vampire Squid (reading level 960)
3. Regions of the United States (reading level 890)
4. Porcupines (reading level 980)
5. Prairie Dogs (reading level 1000)
6. The Accidental Potato Chip (reading level 870)
7. The American Civil War (reading level 1010)
8. Benjamin Franklin’s Childhood (reading level 1000)
9. Volcanoes (reading level 960)
10. So You Want To Be an Astronaut? (reading level 890)
11. The Boston Tea Party (reading level 840)
12. Causes of the American Revolution (reading level 910)
13. What, More Taxes? (reading level 1010)
14. Dung Beetles (reading level 900)
15. Extreme Insects (reading level 880)
16. Fireflies (reading level 910)

Set 2
1. We Will Remember 9/11 (reading level 830)
2. Frederick Douglass--Former Slave and Advisor to the President (reading level 890)
3. The Constitution--A New World Is at Hand (reading level 1030)
4. Pirates Weren't Really Cute, After All (reading level 870)
5. Christopher Columbus, a Brave Explorer (reading level 940)
6. Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World (reading level 740)
7. Helen Keller (reading level 740)
8. Komodo Dragons, King of the Lizards (reading level 910)
9. Squanto: Man of Two Worlds (reading level 780)
10. Drones: Unmanned Flying Machines (reading level 810)
11. Turkeys, Birds of a Different Feather (reading level 760)
12. King Tut, Boy King (reading level 720)

Set 3
1. The Wright Brothers: Were They First? (reading level 850)
2. Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Leader (reading level 790)
3. Cotton Candy (reading level 740)
4. The Boston Tea Party (reading level 770)
5. Celebrating the Chinese New Year (reading level 930)
6. The Emperor Penguin (reading level 970)
7. What's In Australia (reading level 950)
8. Hibernation, a Long Winter's Nap (reading level 870)
9. Kids on Facebook? (reading level 970)
10. The Amazing Polar Bear (reading level 920)
11. Biggest Football Game Sunday (reading level 930)
12. Abe Lincoln Saves a Pig (reading level 910)

Set 4:
1. Hero Dog Teams (reading level 1040)
2. Remember the Alamo! (reading level 920)
3. The Blizzard of 1888 (reading level 970)
4. St. Patrick's Day (reading level 970)
5. Weird Facts You Don't Know About April Fool's Day (reading level 990)
6. The Amazing Journey from Egg to Baby Chick (reading level 810)
7. Who Wants to Visit the North Pole? (reading level 940)
8. A Special Gravestone for the President (reading level 770)
9. The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports (reading level 920)
10. Lewis and Clark Explore the West (reading level 760)
11. The First Spacewalk, a Near Tragedy (reading level 890)
12. Remember Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day (reading level 930)

To see previews, click on the links below.

Set 1 - 16 passages
Set 2 - 12 passages
Set 3 - 12 passages
Set 4 - 12 passages
Bundle of all Four Sets


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