Dig deeply into the text for comprehension and close reading practice with these high-interest, standards-based reading passages written by a published nonfiction children’s author.
There are 60 passages, each presented at two reading levels (grades 3-4 and 4-5) for a total of 120 passages. The passages are a mix of high-interest and curriculum-based topics and include informational text, literature, and poetry. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.
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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.
Looking for shorter, “warm up” passages? try:
The passages are sequenced in cycles of six as follows:
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction)
L: Literature (fiction)
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration such as a map, chart, graph, diagram etc.
L: Literature (fiction)
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction)
Breakdown by type: 1/2 Informational Text, 1/3 Literature, and 1/6 Poetry.
Within the 60 passages, there are five sets of paired passages. The paired passages appear adjacent to each other and address a similar topic for comparing and contrasting. Three additional printables are included to use with these paired passages. These passages will also work as stand alone activities if you do not want to use them together.
The skills addressed in each passage are written in small print at the bottom on the left hand side. The skills address most of the RI and RL Common Core Standards and include: reading for details, main idea, summarizing, inference, predicting, genre setting/character/plot, theme, context clues/vocabulary, figurative language, author’s style, author’s purpose, point of view, mood/tone, text structure, comparing and contrasting, interpreting an illustration (map, chart, diagram, table, or photo), analysis, and evaluation. They are also listed in the table of contents for easy reference.
If you would like consistent practice all year long, use two Text Time pages per week, perhaps on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Another option is to use them three times a week, possibly Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which will get you through most of the school year. A third possibility is to go ala carte, selecting passages for their subjects or the skills addressed, as needed.
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.
About the Author
With the exception of the poems, all of these passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, and several others. You can find my books on Amazon (I also write under the names: Lynette Robbins and Tori Miller). These passages are well-researched, well-organized, and age appropriate. They are no different than those you would find in a published nonfiction book.
What teachers have said about this resource:
♥ Thanks for a great resource–I love that there are 2 versions of the same text with the same questions so we can discuss those together no matter which version my students had. -Eilidh H.
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♥ I love that these are differentiated and so well thought out. Excellent. I use these for morning work and students walk in and do the work, the expectation is clear, and no time is lost getting on track with literacy. -Kerri C.
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Text Time Triples
1 A Real Life Batman
2 At the Amusement Park
3 Be a Tree Detective
4 California Bound!
5 So Many Satellites!
7 Insects for Dinner
8 The Gorilla and the Monkey
9 Alligator or Crocodile?
10 Why I am Afraid of Balloons
11 Author Louis Sachar
12 A Boy’s Summer Song
13 The Pony Express (paired)
14 My Brother the Rider (paired)
15 One Country or Four?
16 The Case of the Missing Poodle
17 A Quarterback Who Gives Back
19 Mission to Mars (paired)
20 A New Life on Mars (paired)
21 The Layers of the Earth
22 Pandora’s Box
23 Coniferous and Deciduous Trees
24 Brother and Sister
25 The Invention of Earmuffs
26 Hamster Adventures
27 Too Much Sugar!
28 Kirla’s Quest
29 Mountain Food Chains
30 Which are You?
31 Sojourner Truth
32 Snow Day
33 Animal Bedtimes
34 The Best Day Ever!
35 Our Incredible Sun
36 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
37 Amazing Anacondas (paired)
38 I Saw an Anaconda (paired)
39 The Population of Australia
40 Sam and the Swim Team
41 The Early Life of Benjamin Franklin
42 Chicago Poet
43 Conductors and Insulators (paired)
44 Safety First (paired)
46 Jamie and the Bear
47 Staying Safe in the Sun
48 The Wind
49 Reading to Rover
50 Super Cheese Man to the Rescue!
51 China’s Terracotta Soldiers (paired)
52 An Ancient Soldier(paired)
53 Ice Cream in a Baggie
54 The Grass So Little Has to Do
55 Machu Picchu
56 Lizzy’s Lemonade Stand
57 Wind Power
58 The Wind and the Sun
59 Hooray for Peanut Butter!
60 The Fisherman
Also included: teacher answer keys, student annotation guide, and three printables to use with the 5 included paired passages.
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