Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Any Text Digital & Print

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6th - 9th
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Looking for a way to assess students' reading comprehension and keep students engaged during read alouds, whole-class reads, guided reading groups, or independent reading time? These reading comprehension worksheets are perfect for middle and high school classes.

These activities will keep students focused on showing how they are thinking about fiction and nonfiction texts without overwhelming them. You can use these activities during and after reading.

They make for excellent conferring discussion points. You can also use them to ask students to reflect on what they have read or to monitor their thinking as they read or listen to the text. Use them as whole class, small group, independent, or literacy center station activities.

I suggest modeling how to use each page before asking students to do so independently. You can do this through a read aloud, think aloud, or minilesson.

Included, you will find 20 one-page prompts that focus on the following skills:

(*Note: These are not minilessons, but you can use them as such to model what good readers do by selecting a text and showing students how readers use each skill.)

1. Sequencing Events and Details - recognize order of events or important details

2. Summarizing - point out the important plot events or 5 Ws

3. Questioning - practice asking thoughtful questions as they read or listen

4. Connecting - make meaningful connections that deepen understanding

5. Inferring - combine schema and text evidence to make an inference

6. Mood and Tone - identify words that describe the tone and/or mood of the text

7. Predicting - make educated predictions and monitor them while reading

8. Visualizing - show how you think about a text

9. Storyline / Plot - make an educated guess about current plot location

10. Text Features - identify the text features and explain how they help readers

11. Text Structure - identify the text structure(s) and think about author's choices

12. Point of View - explain how the point of view impacts readers' understanding

13. Author's Purpose / Bias - identify the author's purpose and unstated messages

14. Setting - think about how setting impacts other elements of the story

15. Reader's Emotions - identify how you feel as you read or listen to the story

16. Color Symbolism - explain what colors best represent the readers' emotions

17. Thought Parking Lot - train students to "park" their thoughts to increase focus

18. Author's Craft - think about the role a sentence or passage plays within the whole

19. Word Choice - think about connotation vs. denotation and figurative vs. literal

20. Old vs. New - identify themes, characters, and plot patterns drawn on from traditional texts

These exercises are intended to be quick and concise ways for students to demonstrate their thinking so that teachers can gauge comprehension. They should be easy to complete in 10 to 15 minutes. You can also use them as a springboard for a longer written response to reading or class discussion.



This resource is not editable in that the font and clipart is secured on each Google Slides document. However, you can change the slide backgrounds, add additional slides, or remove some to fit your needs.

NOTE: This resource is also included in a larger bundle, Reading Literature and Informational Texts Graphic Organizer Activity Bundle.

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


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