Refugee by Alan Gratz Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages

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I was looking for a resource to provide basic background info to my students prior to reading Refugee and this was perfect! I used them in stations, and it worked out great!
Loved using these periodically to align with Refugee! I love how there are a mix of questions, like highlighting for evidence, multiple choice, and short answer.
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Are you teaching Refugee by Alan Gratz and looking for an opportunity to build background knowledge and strengthen real-world connections? Check out my Refugee Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages for novel-based informational text passages with standards-aligned comprehension checks.

This paired passage set includes four nonfiction texts that provide critical background information to complement events in the novel. 

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►  Why Pair Fiction and Nonfiction?

  • Build critical background knowledge for ELLs & Tier II Students
  • Bridge the gap between fiction & nonfiction
  • Expose students to a wide variety of literature
  • Build vocabulary

What's Included?

  • 4 High-Interest Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages
  • 1000-1200 Lexile Level
  • 700-1000 Words Each
  • CCSS-Aligned
  • Audio Files of Each Passage
  • Print and Digital Versions

Nonfiction Passages Include:

  • The Refugee Crisis
  • Fidel Castro & Cuba
  • World War II
  • The Syrian Civil War

You can use these Refugee Paired Texts in a variety of ways: 

- Use as a pre-reading activity to set the scene,

- Spread out throughout the novel to spiral nonfiction standards,

- Incorporate as station activities

✎ For extra teaching ideas, click here to read my full blog post on using Refugee in your classroom!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ That New Teacher said, “Such a robust resource! The articles are well selected and I love the different options for passage structure. There were so many high quality texts and reflections to choose from. Thank you for enhancing our novel study with non-fiction!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heather said, “This resource was excellent and helped give background and context to the novel. The articles had great layout and information without being overwhelming or too heavy. The worksheets asked excellent questions that made students think. Thank you so much!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jennifer said, “I would give this more than 5 stars if I could! It had everything I needed to set up an engaging unit with my students and saved me so much planning time!”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.6.8, RI.5.10

RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.6, RI.6.7, RI.6.8, RI.6.10

RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3, RI.7.4, RI.7.5, RI.7.6, RI.7.10

RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.6, RI.8.10


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.


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