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Nonfiction Passages and Functional Texts

Common Core State Standards require students to gain lots of practice working with nonfiction passages. Here are a bunch of worksheets and online practice activities to give your students the practice that they need. I recommend checking out the Ereading Worksheet versions of the activities if you have access to technology in your classroom. It will save you some grading they include questions formatted as extended response in addition to multiple choice. Students can print, save, or email their results. I think it’s pretty cool.

Chess | Nonfiction Reading Test – Learn about the game of kings while brushing up on your reading skills. This test may be for earlier readers, but the multiple-choice and long response questions are still rigorous. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 1-5
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TV | Nonfiction Reading Test – Television has impacted society in profound ways. While the format may be revealing its age alongside modern streaming options, TV has played a significant role in culture since its creation. Learn about its history and answer multiple-choice and long response questions in this reading test. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 1-5
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Metal Detectors | Nonfiction Reading Test – Metal detectors aren’t just for treasure hunters. Find out some of the ways that metal detectors are used in our society in this text. Then answer multiple choice and extended response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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Seat Belts | Nonfiction Reading Test – Wearing your seat belt is such a simple thing, but it can save your life. Find out why in this short persuasive text, and then answer Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. This is more great practice for standardized tests. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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Tetris | Nonfiction Reading Test – There’s a reason why Tetris is the most popular video game of all time. Learn about this classic game and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions in this fun and exciting reading practice test. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6
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The Coliseum | Nonfiction Reading Test – The Coliseum is one of the world’s most recognizable images. Learn about its rich and interesting history 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 was the fastest way to get mail from California to the rest of the nation in the early 1860s. The exciting nature of the enterprise has earned the Pony Express a place in American folklore. Learn about the Pony Express 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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Wintertime | Nonfiction Reading Test – Wintertime can be rough. 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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Black Friday | Nonfiction Reading Test – Black Friday is a day known to bring out both the best and worst of consumerism. 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 – Aren’t hummingbirds interesting? Your students will learn about these remarkable creatures while answering multiple-choice and extended response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test – What? A reading passage about reading? That’s so meta. This text is a bit different from most of these texts in that it is persuasive rather than expository, but don’t worry. It still has multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test – Though small in size, the honey badger is renowned for its fighting spirit. Learn how they fight off animals many times larger in this reading passage. Answer Common Core aligned multiple-choice and long-response questions to sharpen your reading skills, so that you can run up on a standardized test like a honey badger! Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test – While most plants have been sitting still, carnivorous plants have been killing and eating insects. There’s more to the world of carnivorous plants than the Venus flytrap. Learn more about it in this short text. Then answer CCSS aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test – Paper money is a funny thing. The only value it really has is given to it by society. This value can change rapidly under certain conditions. Learn more about hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic after World War I in this interesting short 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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Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test – Koko is one special gorilla. Not only can she communicate in sign language, but her Facebook page has more Likes than mine. Learn about this unique creature in this short passage and then answer multiple-choice and extended-response questions. All questions are aligned with Common Core State Standards. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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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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Google | Nonfiction Reading Test – How many company names grow to become commonly used verbs? It can’t be that many. Anyway, learn about one or two of them in this short reading passage and test your comprehension with Common Core aligned multiple-choice and long-response questions. This is great practice for standardized tests. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Garbage | Nonfiction Reading Test – Trash cans are amazing. You fill them up with garbage and leave them on the corner, and then all of your trash disappears. Find out where it goes in this captivating reading passage, and then answer multiple-choice and long response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test – What would the ER be like without trampolines? It wouldn’t be nearly as bouncing as it is now. Learn more about the zany allure of America’s favorite backyard death traps in this short reading passage. It includes Common Core aligned multiple-choice and extended response questions, just to make sure that everyone is having a good time. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Asian Carp | Nonfiction Reading Test – Once imported to America to assist with a problem, Asian carp has since escape containment and are threatening the Great Lakes fishing industry. Learn more by reading this short text. Then sharpen your skills with Common Core aligned 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 – If you’ve heard the story of the Maginot Line, you know that it teaches a powerful lesson. If you haven’t, well now’s a great time to learn all about it with this short reading passage. And, of course, you can follow up your reading 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 cute, furry, and known for killing deadly cobras. Unfortunately they eat sea-turtle eggs too. Learn more about these fluffy nuisances in this nonfiction text. Improve your reading skills by answering multiple-choice and extended-response questions. 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 may have similar origins, but they have grown to become very different countries. Learn more by reading this short text, and then answer CCSS aligned multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
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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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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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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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Common Core State Standards Related to Reading Comprehension

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10 – Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.10 – By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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19 Comments

  1. ivan beltran

     /  January 5, 2017

    thank you very much, i´m an english teacher in Colombia, and i´m trying to teach to my students the importance of good reading, this material is excelent.

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  2. Muazzaz

     /  October 27, 2016

    Thank you Mr. Morton for these great passages, I use them for my grandchild and she finds the topics interesting. What a wonderful website and great questions.
    Thank you for your efforts and for sharing.

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  3. Ms. Dela Cruz

     /  August 16, 2016

    Thank you for making such worksheets. As a tutor it really helped me. 🙂

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  4. misha jessani

     /  April 13, 2016

    nice website its very informative for me as a student.

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  5. misha jessani

     /  April 13, 2016

    very nice website its very informative for me as a student. thank you for making such website. 🙂

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  6. Allison Clark

     /  January 13, 2016

    These passages are awesome! I love your site. I can always be sure I will find something challenging and INTERESTING(!!!) for my students. Thank you SOOO much for this website!

    Reply
  7. sue

     /  November 30, 2015

    You reading passages are very helpful for my 9 year old daughter. I hope you add more passages.

    Reply
  8. Ami Bhatt

     /  September 11, 2015

    I have been using your reading passages to teach my 9 year old kid. They are very helpful! I hope you add more passages to your collections.

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  9. Barbara

     /  September 3, 2015

    I am tutoring an adult in English and your reading passages have helped me tremendously. Will you be adding other passages to the site?

    Reply
  10. Christine

     /  November 5, 2014

    Do you offer 5th or 6th grade reading level
    content and tests.
    Thank you….

    Reply
  11. Theresa Fairchild

     /  April 5, 2014

    First of all, you are a life saver. I love your resources, and they have helped my students and me greatly.
    Another teacher and I would like to know why the answer for the the question listed below is A. With the movement to text dependent questions, C. is the only viable option. Logically, A. makes sense, but we were looking at the question from a text dependent viewpoint.
    3. Which best explains why the original castles were first made from earth and timber?

    a. It takes a lot more time and energy to build a stone castle.

    b. It did not occur to people to build castles out of stone.

    c. People did not realize how weak wooden castles would be against fire.

    d. Wooden castles were prettier than dirty stone castles.

    Thank you.

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    • I think it is fair to require students to draw such an
      inference.

      I believe most state tests will require them to
      draw similar inferences.

      Perhaps the distractor C is unfair
      as you are suggesting.

      When I revisit the content in the next year I will update this question.
      Thank you for your feedback.

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  12. I teach sixth grade. I don’t see where you have a grade or Lexie level for the passages you offer. They look close to what I need, a Lexie around 1,000 or greater. Can you give me an idea about where these passages are level wise? Thank you so very much! It looks like you’ve worked very hard! I appreciate it.

    Tina Compton

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    • Lexile is a proprietary term. As an educator you can use their system for free, but as an educational publisher I would need to license it.

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