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.


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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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Chess | Nonfiction Reading Test – Chess has been played for hundreds of years. This test covers some basics of the game of kings. This test is for earlier readers, but the multiple-choice and long response questions are rigorous and aligned with Common Core State Standards.
Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 1-4
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TV | Nonfiction Reading Test – Where would American culture be without TV? Learn about the history of television and answer multiple-choice and long response questions in this reading test. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 1-4
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Metal Detectors | Nonfiction Reading Test – From treasure hunters to soldiers: find out about some of the ways that metal detectors help people and save lives. Then answer multiple choice and extended response questions.
Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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Tetris | Nonfiction Reading Test – Tetris is the most popular video game of all time. Read about this classic game and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions.
Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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The Coliseum | Nonfiction Reading Test – The image of the Coliseum is unmistakable. Learn about the rich history of this legendary amphitheater, and then answer multiple-choice and extended response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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The Pony Express | Nonfiction Reading Test – The Pony Express may not be around anymore, but it has earned its place in American folklore. Learn about the most exciting mail service ever offered in this text and answer multiple-choice and extended response questions based on the passage. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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Seat Belts | Nonfiction Reading Test – Do you know someone who refuses to wear a seat belt? You should have them read this passage. The author makes a very compelling case. Then you should make them answer the multiple-choice and extended-response questions after they are done reading, because that will help them become more thoughtful readers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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Wintertime | Nonfiction Reading Test – Getting through the wintertime is harder on some species than on others. Learn about how different animals survive the winter and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions.
Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test – If reading is one of the most important skills that a person can learn, why do so many students work so hard to get out of reading assignments? The author challenges these students in this short persuasive piece, complete with multiple-choice and extended-response questions after the passage. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Black Friday | Nonfiction Reading Test – It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and it’s the most notorious shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Learn about this cultural phenomenon in this short text and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions.
Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Hummingbirds | Nonfiction Reading Test – Hummingbirds are some of nature’s most interesting creatures. Learn about why in this reading passage and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions.
Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Test – E.T. has been widely condemned as the worst game ever. Learn why while answering reading comprehension questions in this awesome nonfiction reading test. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test – What would animals say if they could speak? They’d probably ask for food. Take it from Koko, a gorilla who can communicate in sign language. Learn more about this amazing creature and sharpen your reading skills with multiple-choice and long-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test – Plants are known for sitting still, but some plants are devious killers. Learn more about the amazing world of carnivorous plants with this short text. Then answer Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test – Did you know that honey badgers can sleep of cobra venom? It’s true. They can do a bunch of other really tough things too. Learn more about them with this short nonfiction passage. Then answer Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Google | Nonfiction Reading Test – Isn’t Google great? The totality of human knowledge is practically available at your fingertips. That’s crazy stuff. Learn more about my favorite web page in this short nonfiction article. Review your understanding with Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test – It’s interesting to consider what money is really worth. While it can buy you anything you want today, it has no true value or use besides the value that society agrees to give it. This passage demonstrates this truth by looking at hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test – What would funny internet videos be like without trampolines? As dangerous as they are entertaining, trampolines have earned their places in backyards around the world. Read about trampolines and answer multiple-choice and extended-response questions. This activity is perfect for those student who just can’t stop jumping around. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Asian Carp | Nonfiction Reading Test – The Great Lakes’ fishing industry is terrified of Asian carp, and for good reason. Find out why in this short nonfiction text. And what good would a reading passage be without Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions to really bring the point home? Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Garbage | Nonfiction Reading Test – Have you ever wondered what happens to something when you throw it in the garbage can? Learn about this exciting process and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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The Maginot Line | Nonfiction Reading Test – The tale of the Maginot Line is not only an interesting story, it teaches a lesson. Find out what that lesson is in this reading passage with Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test – Mongooses are revered in India, yet they are generally detested in Hawaii. Find out why in the short nonfiction article. Practice your reading skills by answering CCSS aligned multiple-choice and long-response questions. This is great practice for taking standardized tests. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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A Tale of Two Countries | Nonfiction Reading Test – North Korea and South Korea could not be more different today, but they come from the same place. Learn more about these interesting places in this nonfiction text, and then answer Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. This is more great test prep for your students. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
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Tigers | Nonfiction Reading Test – 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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Kevlar | Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Test – Kevlar is an interesting synthetic fiber that has woven its way into our lives. Learn about this fascinating material while practice reading comprehension skills with this worksheet. Read the passage and answer multiple choice comprehension questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 7-11
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Submarines | Nonfiction Reading Test – 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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The Statue of Liberty | Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Test – 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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Castles | Nonfiction Reading Test– 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 – 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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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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