Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions - Close Reading - Google Slides

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Kristine Nannini
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I created this resource to help students read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose. I’ve researched several strategies for close reading and have developed a process that will make your teaching more effective, and help your students develop skills to read for deeper meaning.

This resource contains everything you will need to implement close reading in your classroom! I’ve included THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF EACH PASSAGE for you to easily differentiate in your classroom! There are also text-dependent questions and writing prompts for your students to cite evidence from the text.

You can use this pack for more than just English Language Arts! With all of the cross-curricular themes included in the passages, you can also use this pack during science, to study plants, and more!


**A digital version is also included for use with Google Classroom.**

With the digital version, you have the option to go 100% paperless.


Included in this resource:

Leveled Passages:

Included in this resource are four plant-themed reading passages. Each passage contains text features that your students must analyze. There are three levels of each passage so you can easily differentiate with your students. The levels are based on word count and Lexile levels which can be found in the top left corner of each passage.

Best Friends – Lexile: 990L

Best Friends – Lexile: 820L

Best Friends – Lexile: 680L

Hungry Plants – Lexile: 1000L

Hungry Plants – Lexile: 800L

Hungry Plants – Lexile: 690L

Corpse Flower – Lexile: 950L

Corpse Flower – Lexile: 800L

Corpse Flower – Lexile: 680L

Food for Less – Lexile: 1000L

Food for Less – Lexile: 800L

Food for Less – Lexile: 660L

Understanding the Standards Teacher Guide

This printable helps teachers understand the purpose of each reading, and how each reading ties into specific Common Core Anchor Standards. I've outlined what each student should focus on, and the learning targets for each reading.

Printable Implementation Guide

This printable gives step-by-step instructions for implementing close reading in your classroom. It can be used as your own personal reference and/or can be handed out to students prior to the first read. I've also included this printable with a spring theme.

Printable Annotation Guides (Mark Up the Text)

These printable annotation guides help students quickly annotate or mark up the text using symbols. I’ve included two different levels of this resource.

Printable Close Reader Poster

This poster is a visual reminder to help students understand their role as a close reader.

Text-Dependent Questions and Writing Prompts

Each passage includes text-dependent questions for each of the three themes or categories in the Common Core Anchor Standards (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas). Each passage also includes one writing prompt that is to be completed after the third read. This writing prompt requires students to synthesize or make connections by combining their thinking and knowledge with evidence from the text. Answer keys are included.

Graphic Organizers

In addition to the text-dependent questions, I've also included the following graphic organizers:

•Key Ideas and Details Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)

•Main Idea Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)

•Vocabulary Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)

Standards Addressed:

RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RI.5, RI.6, RI.7, RI.8, RI.9, RI.10

Perfect for grades 3 through 6!


Check out my holiday/seasonal-themed Close Reading resources HERE


As always, please ask ANY and ALL questions before purchasing. Thank you so much!

Thank you, and enjoy!

Copyright© 2017 Kristine Nannini

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Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.

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