SKU: W3648649
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Close Reading Comprehension Paired Passages and Questions – Engaging Text

This resource offers 30 close reading passages at two levels, with graphic organizers for comparing and contrasting. Suitable for 3rd-5th grade, it covers a range of reading skills and can be used for differentiation, test prep, or enrichment. Includes digital options and positive teacher feedback.


60 Passages + Digital Versions
PDF, Google Apps™
Answer Key Included

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130 Close Reading

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While these close reading passages can be used independently, they were written to be used to compare and contrast in pairs or all three together.

There are 30 passages, each presented at two reading levels (grades 3-4 and 4-5) for a total of 60 passages – all written by an experienced and published nonfiction children’s author. You also get a variety of graphic organizers to help students compare the passages.



  • 30 printable passages with comprehension questions (Each with 2 levels! 120 passages total.)
  • Annotation Guide (prints 2 to a page)
  • 3 different formats for comparing and contrasting two related passages
    • Chart
    • Graphic Organizer
    • Written Response
  • 3 different formats for comparing all three related passages
    • Chart
    • Graphic Organizer
    • Written Response
  • 4 pages to guide students in writing an informational paragraph using facts gathered from their reading
    • Taking Notes
    • Organizing
    • First Draft/Editing
    • Final Draft.


  • Google Slides Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • Differentiated Text (2 options)
  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

Great for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade!


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NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable.

The passages are science and social-studies based to dovetail into your curriculum. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.

The Show What You Know, text-dependent questions are identical for both reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages altogether, even if you have students using different reading levels. Note that some questions may be challenging for third-grade students, especially near the start of the year.

The passages are sequenced in cycles of three. The three passages all focus on related topics. Each of the three passages can be identified with the same number, but a different letter as follows:

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) – this is usually an overview of the topic.

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration such as a map, chart, photo, diagram etc.

L: Literature (fiction) – this is a story or other fictional passage related to the topic.

The skills addressed in each passage are written in small print in the bottom left margin and in the table of contents for easy reference. The skills address most of the RI and RL Common Core Standards and include:

  • reading for details, main idea, summarizing, paraphrasing, inference, genre, setting/character/plot, theme, context clues/vocabulary, figurative language, author’s style, author’s purpose, point of view, mood/tone, text structure, text features, comparing and contrasting, interpreting an illustration (map, chart, diagram, table, or photo), analysis, and evaluation. These skills are also listed in the Table of Contents for easy reference.

These passages could be used for morning work, at a center or station, as part of a reading packet, with a small group, as homework, as enrichment for younger, highly capable students, as remediation for struggling students, or as test prep. For interactive notebooks, just cut the two sections apart.

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ “My students enjoyed the passages and questions or morning work. I found this purchase to be most helpful because we are working on informational text and analyzing informational text including text features. I like that the passages are short yet grade-level appropriate, offer the opportunity to work on context clues for unknown words, and are in line with what we are currently doing in our class. Thank you for making this my students and I appreciate it very much.” -Chevon W.

✏️ “I use this resource for virtual differentiation. It worked very well because of the two levels of text and additional options such as contrast and compare graphic organizers for paired passages. These added elements made it easy for me to gear up the lesson for my higher ability students.” -The Glitzy Game Girl

✏️ “As a teacher I love all of your resource packets. The stories are always highly engaging and the students love finding their ‘evidence’ in the passages. I like that your resources contain both multiple choice questions and short answer responses. Great resource.” -Lisa B.


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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

Terms of Use

This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded.

If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom.

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5 reviews for Close Reading Comprehension Paired Passages and Questions – Engaging Text

  1. FocusOn5th

    My students loved this activity! It was very engaging and worked for what I needed! Thanks

  2. Kaycie L.

    These are great for my daily comprehension assignments. Students find them engaging and the topics are interesting for them.

  3. Dawnell G.

    I am so glad I purchased this resource. My students were struggling in this area. I have used this as practice in an ELA group and they are doing so much better. The stories are engaging and the questions that follow offer additional practice for testing as well. Thank you for this great resource.

  4. Jeffrey E.

    We are team teaching and these are great for individual and small groups, love the error analysis and task cards, and the problem solving graphic organizers! ‚ô• I loved this packet. I’m new to teaching 7th-grade math. This packet has made my life easier. Thank you!

  5. Danielle Y.

    This is a fantastic resource to work with paired passages! The only thing I wish it included is questions that truly compare and contrast the two passages. If it had those, it would be even easier to print and use (just to make life easier). However, the passages are high interest, and I love that there are options for both fiction and informational. My kiddos and I enjoy these!

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