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Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Reading comprehension refers to whether or not a student understands a text that they have read. At higher levels, comprehending a text involves making inferences and understanding implicit ideas. Some students struggle with reading comprehension. These reading comprehension worksheets should help you provide remediation to these students.

Fictional Passages

Jacob the Great Comprehension Test – Students read a short story about a kid cycling through hobbies and then answer comprehension, inferential, and literary element questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Nonfiction Short Texts with Review Questions

Submarines | Nonfiction Reading Test 1 – Students will learn about the history of submarines while testing their reading skills. This worksheets contains fourteen questions covering the following reading skills: main idea, author’s purpose, inference, comprehension, sequence, and more. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 8-12
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Tigers | Nonfiction Reading Test 2 - Students read a short text about tigers and answer test questions. These questions target the following reading skills: inferring, sequencing, determining main ideas, identifying text structures, inferring the meaning of vocabulary words based on context, and distinguishing fact from opinion. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 7-11
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Castles | Nonfiction Reading Test 3 - Students will read a short article explaining the history of castles in England during the Middle Ages. Then they will answer questions testing their reading skills. Questions cover the following skills: reading comprehension, inferring, distinguishing fact and opinion, determining the main idea, and identifying text structures. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 9-13
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Gutenberg | Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Test 4 - Read an interesting passage about Johannes Gutenberg, the man who invented the printing press with movable type, and answer a variety of comprehension questions testing reading skills. Questions cover the following skills: identifying text structure, determining main idea, locating information, recalling sequence, and making inferences. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 9-13
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The Statue of Liberty | Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Test 5 - Here is another interesting passage about the Statue of Liberty, one of the most recognizable symbols of America. Students read the passage and answer ten questions testing the following reading skills: identifying text structure, determining the author’s purpose, distinguishing fact from opinion, interpreting main ideas, and comprehending text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 8-12
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Nutrition Facts Comprehension Worksheet - Students read and compare the nutritional information from four “healthy” snacks and answer fifteen questions testing their ability to comprehend these functional texts.
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Pain Reliever Comprehension Worksheet – Students compare the directions and warnings for two different pain relievers and answer fifteen questions testing their ability to comprehend functional texts.
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2012 Election Results Map and Data Worksheet – This worksheet requires students to read a chart containing data. They then match the data to a graphic organizer, in this case a map.
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Inferences Worksheets

Inferences Worksheet 1 – Read the passages and then answer the inferential questions. Explain your answers by referencing details from the text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Inferences Worksheet 2 - Read the passages and answer inferential questions. Support answers with evidence from the text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Main Idea Worksheets

Main Idea Worksheet 1 – Students read seven original nonfiction passages and summarize the main idea of each passage.  Also, students must think of a title for each passage that relates to the main idea of the text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
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Main Idea Worksheet 2 – Six more original nonfiction passages for your students to summarize.  Students read the passages, disregard nonessential information,  express the main idea, and think of a title for each passage related to the main idea. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 7-11
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Main Idea Worksheet 3 – Students practice identifying main ideas while reading exciting passages about robots and robotic technologies. Featuring six robot themed passages. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
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Main Idea Worksheet 4 – Students read seven passages about money and systems of exchange. They summarize each paragraph, state the main idea, and think of an appropriate title for the passage. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Main Idea Worksheet 5 – Learn about some of the greatest scientists in human history while reviewing main idea. Read the passages, identify the main idea, and create appropriate titles for each passage. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 7-11
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Main Idea Lesson – An animated PowerPoint slideshow explaining what main idea is and how one may go about identifying it.  This concise presentation includes five practice problems after the lesson.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Inferences

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

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ELA Standards: Literacy

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 -Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 -Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 -Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1 -Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 -Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 -Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 - Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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Theme Worksheets

Theme Worksheet – Practice identifying themes in five short stories. Read each story, determine the theme, and explain the answer.
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Story Structure Worksheets

Story Structure Worksheet 1 – “The Breakaway” – Read this motivational story about an athlete who sustains an injury and has to find another way to succeed, and then analyze and identify structural elements of the story.
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Main Idea and Text Structure Worksheets

Main Idea and Text Structure – Six nonfiction passages where students identify the main idea, represent the text structure, and come up with an appropriate title.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Main Idea

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

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ELA Standards: Informational Text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 – Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 – Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 – Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2 – Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2 – Determine a 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.2 – Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2 – Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2 – Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.2 - Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

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     /  April 2, 2013

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     /  November 19, 2013

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  11. Doroteia

     /  November 20, 2013

    As for the text “Castles”, my students and I were not convinced about the answer to question 6 (which of the following best describes the structure of the text in the fifth paragraph?) whose answer was letter a – compare and contrast. Wouldn’t that be c?
    Well, forgive me if I am wrong since we are a bilingual school in south America and English is not our native language. I look forward to a response.

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  12. Doroteia Imbuzeiro

     /  November 20, 2013

    As for the text “Castles”, my students and I were not quite sure about the answer to question 6 (which of the following best describes the structure of the text in the fifth paragraph?) whose answer was letter a – compare and contrast. Wouldn’t that be c?
    Well, forgive me if I am wrong since we are a bilingual school in south America and English is not our native language. I look forward to a response.

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    • Yes, you are right.
      I made an error on the key in haste.

      1,000 apologies for my idiocy.

      The error has been corrected.
      Thank you for reporting it.

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     /  April 15, 2014

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     /  April 20, 2014

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