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ereadingworksheets.com was created by Mr. Donzo Mortini.

The worksheets on this site are resources used in my classroom over the last seven years as a Chicago Public School teacher. My classes have seen huge gains in test scores over the years because I have taught directly to the skills that students are required to know. When I first got into the craft, I tried to purchase resources that I thought would be useful in my classroom, but found that few resources directly targeted the skills that I needed my students to learn: identifying figurative language, text structure, narrative perspective, author’s purpose, theme, genre and subgenre. So, I created my own resources.  I teach my lessons using a projector that I bought, brought from home, and mounted on my classroom ceiling.  I find that PowerPoint lessons are far superior to writing on the board or overhead projector.  Not only does it save you a bunch of needless jotting, but they are reusable, easy for students to read, and allow you to keep your eyes on the classroom.  With the high stakes in teaching today, I can’t afford to wait for schools to catch up on technology.  I suggest that you consider doing the same.  I’ve included many of the same PowerPoint presentations from my classroom, along with the worksheets that I’ve used to reinforce my students’ skills.  Also, in an effort to make this site more useful to students and educators, I’ve created interactive lessons and activities to provide at-home learning opportunities or additional options for technologically savvy educators.  Ultimately, I hope that you may find my resources as useful as I have, and I appreciate any comments, questions, or donations.


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61 Comments

  1. Mrs. Moyer

     /  June 12, 2017

    I am a kindergarten teacher, and for the summer I picked up an ELA Summer Session for students who are either going back to 8th grade or they get to go to 9th grade. I want to say I love the resources that are provided along with reading levels. I have a few students who are non-readers/ELL, I can tell with your work I will be able to help all my students to succeed. Thank you!

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    • I’m so happy to hear it. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I wish you and your students the greatest possible success!

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  2. Mrs. Nordwall

     /  April 27, 2017

    I’ve never left an internet comment before, but I am compelled because I am so impressed and astounded by the quality and quantity of material that you have freely shared here. I have been teaching for ten years and still these resources are superior even to the publisher-provided resources for your simple, straightforward approach. My question is, how are you able to share so much of your hard-work without expecting anything in return? Doesn’t it ever bother you to distribute your material for free when you could easily be profiting from your labors by posting these same materials on a site like Teachers Pay Teachers? I know more than one teacher who has quit full-time in the classroom to make buckets of money from sites like that one mentioned. I’m curious of your philosophy for creating this site. There must be costs involved; how do you manage it? Regardless of the answer to that question, I am grateful for your efforts and generosity as are my students.

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    • Thank you for your kind words.
      It still feels great to hear comments like this, even after all these years.

      I generate income from the advertisements on the site.

      It may not be “buckets” of money, as your former coworkers claim to be pulling in, but it keeps me motivated when the praise is slow-rolling.

      Thank you again, for the kind words and for using the site.
      I wish you and your students the greatest possible success.

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  3. Sandra Fuller

     /  November 13, 2016

    Thanks! This is my first time teaching Language Arts to ELL 6th graders. I have found your website a great resource.

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  4. Joy

     /  February 13, 2015

    I have always found teacher-created materials to be far superior to store bought ones as well. Thank you for putting this out there for educators to use for free. This is a collection of treasures that any public school teacher would greatly benefit from using!

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  5. Carrie

     /  February 4, 2015

    Wow all I can say is Wow. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Stephanie

     /  October 8, 2014

    I love your website, and I want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing all this wonderfulness!!! You help me be better teacher.

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  7. Sarah

     /  November 9, 2013

    Thanks so much for your efforts; I really appreciate your time, skill, and knowledge. Question – what grade level are these geared to?

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    • Well, most of these materials were created with my 7th and 8th grade students,
      but I’ve heard of people using certain materials on this site with students grade 2 – college.

      I don’t think that will help you too much,
      but be sure that you read and understand the material carefully before distributing it,
      and change or edit whatever you think is necessary to adapt it to your classroom.

      Best wishes!

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  8. syam

     /  August 18, 2013

    Your worksheets are amazing, your students are lucky to have you! Thank you for sharing these resources for free!

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  9. Heidi Short

     /  August 15, 2013

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate all your hard work and so does my family so that I can spend time with them instead of at school!

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  10. Leslee

     /  March 7, 2013

    Thank you for sharing all your hard work!
    You are amazing
    What grade levels did you write these for?

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    • Well, I made them for my 7th and 8th grade students, but I imagine that you could use them in a fairly large age group. Just make sure that you preview the content before you use it with your class. If you find grammatical errors, please report them and I will fix them. If you believe any content is inappropriate for whatever reason (too difficult, too simple, too mature, etc.), feel free to modify the content for your own use. Thank you for visiting!

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  11. jdaniels

     /  January 11, 2013

    I found this site and now have it bookmarked and feel slightly “refreshed” having additional resources to utilize. Thank you for posting this all!

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  12. Linda

     /  September 22, 2012

    Thank you so much, Mr. Morton. Your PowerPoint presentations and worksheets directly address the needs of my students. I teach high-level English Language Learners, and your approach is greatly appreciated. You have saved me countless hours of tailor-making materials. Kudos!

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  13. Merle Faulk

     /  August 28, 2012

    I LOVE the work that you are sharing on your site. I enjoy using “real” novel and informational text passages with my students for practice, but I just don’t have the time to create very many of them. You have really helped me with that. I wonder . . . you mention leaving comments or donations, but I don’t see a way to donate. Do you have a PayPal account set up that you could link to this site? Do you have books for sell? I’d be MORE than willing to make a purchase or donation.

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  14. Laurel Trammell

     /  July 25, 2012

    You are very generous to share all your hard work! I’m just starting my student teaching, and hope to work in special education next year. I’d encourage you to consider packaging everything in one large download, with a table of contents and SELL this. Even if you just request a minimum donation to a “supplies fund” or “field trip fund,” you could continue to share free individual pages as you do now. This is such a valuable resource!!! I’m really impressed with how much effort you have put into this, and that you are so willing to share with other teachers. Great job! Hope I get to work with teachers like you!

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  15. Sally

     /  July 24, 2012

    I thought I was a great teacher until I found your site. Wow! You are the BEST Mr. Morton, and now I am right up there (again) with you! Thanks so much. I will let you know what my test scores are like.

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    • That’s kind of you to say. I’m sure that you’re a great teacher too. Besides, creating material and properly executing it in a classroom are two different skills. 😀

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  16. April

     /  June 17, 2012

    The most practical and AMAZING website I have ever seen as a teacher! Thank you so much for your dedication!

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  17. Thank you SO much. I taught two Literacy classes to help struggling readers and writers pass the Va. Standards of Learning Test. After some of them showed they needed extra remediation, I found your site and I am SO pleasantly pleased. It really has helped. Keep it up!

    Suzanne

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  18. Joslyn Scott

     /  May 8, 2012

    Thank you for offering one of the best websites for teaching reading skills. Your website has saved me alot of time and unnecessay frustration.

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  19. Joslyn Scott

     /  May 8, 2012

    Thank you for offering one of the best websites for teaching reading skills. Your website has saved me alot of time and unnecessay frustration. Thank you again.

    Reply
  20. Shelly

     /  April 2, 2012

    I was looking for figurative language activities and came across your website… LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. Absolutely love your site. The Power point lessons are spot on! I’ve been using the worksheets on genre with 4th and 5th graders, (we read them together). Thank you so much! I finally felt as if I didn’t have to re-invent the wheel with absolutely no budget!

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  22. What are the grade levels for the worksheets on the website?

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    • It’s hard to say. I haven’t really organized the information like that. Basically, these are worksheets that I’ve used with my 7th and 8th grade students. Feel free to use them “as-is” or modify them to meet your students’ needs.

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  23. Rocio

     /  February 1, 2012

    Excellent website! I love it and use it all the time for my classroom!

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  24. Kris Parsons

     /  October 26, 2011

    Thanks for these worksheets and lessons. I am constantly looking for material to reinforce the skills my 10th graders need to be successful in my class. These look great. I am going to use the powerpoint on text structure to review my students tomorrow. Thank you again.

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  25. Nicole

     /  September 25, 2011

    Thanks for the site. I love it. You’re making my life easier! ! !

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  26. Nicole

     /  September 25, 2011

    Thanks for all the hard work putting this site together, I love it!

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  27. Linda

     /  September 23, 2011

    I’ve found your site very helpful. I would like to be able to use your material and adapt it for my elementary students. Is that allowed? As a virtual teacher, I am always looking for unique ways to present good lesson online. Thanks for producing a great resource.

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  October 4, 2011

      Sure, feel free to use/modify these materials for any nonprofit use.

      Reply
  28. Holy cow!!!! I love this site! Soooo helpful.

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  29. Rachel

     /  September 13, 2011

    I just shared your website with my teacher peeps via my facebook page! Thanks for all the great stuff!

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  30. Carol Wolff

     /  August 13, 2011

    Mr Morton
    I came across your site by chance. Your worksheet are so clear and well done. I appreciate you making your hard work available for all to use. Thank you.
    Regards
    Carol

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  31. Melissa

     /  April 21, 2011

    Mr. Morton,
    Thank you for clearing up what the IL Reading Frameworks meant by organizational patterns in fiction and nonfiction. I am a 2nd year teacher in IL and am still trying to figure out what some of the frameworks mean.
    I also enjoyed your irony worksheets. It is hard to find irony worksheets. I have even tried to purchase some and have been unsuccessful.

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  April 21, 2011

      Those frameworks sure can be vague. To further compound problems, it seems that the ISAT test writers discarded the ISAT reading glossary on this year’s 8th grade test: using “pun” as a figurative language distractor… very “punny” indeed, ISBE. Thanks for visiting, Melissa.

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  32. Christy J

     /  April 18, 2011

    I am thrilled with the materials here. You are very generous to offer these to teachers everywhere.

    If you’re open to ideas, we’d love to see context clues, summary and inferences added if you think of something for those skills.

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  April 19, 2011

      Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Christy. I’ll look into creating activities to give students practice with those skills. Thanks for visiting.

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  33. Juanita Young

     /  March 20, 2011

    Hi. Thank You Mr. Morton. I agree with Angela (previous person that posted comment). I teach high school level students with cognitive disabilities..so it is very difficult to find worksheets/ assignments that are written in a simple and direct way, but without the cute elementary pictures. My students will tell you “we are not babies”.
    I’ll start with the Author’s purpose worksheets and be back for more!
    Thanks again.
    Any ideas for ‘paraphrasing’ worksheets would be great too!

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  March 21, 2011

      Thank you for the suggestions, Ms. Young.
      I’ll try to come up with something for “paraphrasing.”

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  34. Angela

     /  March 15, 2011

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!

    I am a special ed English teacher, and I struggle finding activities that my students enjoy that teach the skills directly. My gen ed counterparts are great teachers but they do not teach in that matter so I am unable to use their materials. Your activities are a godsend for our Special Ed English Department, and our students.

    Thank you!

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  March 15, 2011

      Wow! I’m honored to help. You’re appreciation is well-received.

      Reply
  35. Scott

     /  February 14, 2011

    Not too sound like an unqualified dolt, but do you have keys for your worksheets? I used one with my students and was on the fence about a few answers myself.

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  February 16, 2011

      I’ve never made keys, but I’d very much like to add them. I will continue to update this site as my time allows. Thank you for your interest, and if you’re not certain of an answer, that might be a great starting point for a discussion. Thanks again.

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  36. Ifound this site by chance. They are excellent.

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