3rd Grade Literature Reading Comprehension Passages

3rd Grade Literature Reading Comprehension Passages


Engage your students with high-interest reading comprehension passages designed for every 3rd Grade LITERACY STANDARD. Each lengthy passage is written with 3 differentiated reading levels with or without a dyslexic font to meet the needs of all your students. They are perfect for CLOSE READING. The full-page passage provides students with a complete narrative, drama or poem to answer the questions effectively. The levels of differentiation range from 400-800 for reading levels Grades 2-5. It is aligned to 3rd Grade.

The questions were formulated in a STEP-BY-STEP process. There are 10 multiple choice questions in the form of TASK CARDS or a worksheet. These questions were designed for students to get familiar with the text with some deeper-level questions mixed in. Then there are 10 rigorous open-ended questions specifically designed for text-dependent analysis so students can think critically and question their assumptions.

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What is included?

Reading Comprehension Passages: There are 20 full-page passages with 3 Levels of Differentiation- Total of 60 Passages. There are 2 passages per Common Core Standard with the standard written on the page. (There are some standards with paired text.)

Dyslexia Version: All of the passages have a dyslexia-friendly font. This is ideal for differentiating for your Dyslexic learners. The font is called Open Dyslexic. Although there is no research behind it as far as fluency or comprehension, I include it for a preference. Some kids will automatically choose it and say they can read it better. My thought is this, if it can help one child, then it is a win! There are actual books written in the font, like the Hank series by Henry Winkler. Interesting!

Step 1 Questions- Multiple Choice: For each passage, there are multiple choice questions in the form of a worksheet or task cards. They are perfect for centers and group work.

Step 2 Questions- Open-Ended: There are 10 questions per passage that work for all 3 reading levels. The last question is a text-dependent analysis prompt. There are 2 Formats of Open-Ended Questions. There is a 2-page version with lines and a 1-page version without lines (These are great for writing answers on a separate piece of paper or in a notebook.)

Teacher Version: This version includes all 3 student versions, teacher notes, and answer keys. (144 pages)

3 Student Versions: There are 3 levels of passages. For each level, there is a student PDF file that can be sent to the students. The questions are included.

Answer Keys: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE TEACHER EDITION! ANSWER KEYS AREN’T INCLUDED IN THE STUDENT LEVELED FILES. For each open-ended answer key, teachers will know which questions are directly related to the standard. The answers that are bold-faced are related to the standard.

What focus skills are covered?

CCSS 1: Ask and Answer Questions

CCSS 2: Determine the Central Message, Lesson or Moral

CCSS 3: Describe Characters’ traits, motivations, feelings

CCSS 4: Determine the Meaning of Words and Phrases

CCSS 5: Refer to and Describe Parts of Stories, Dramas, Poems

CCSS 6: Point of View

CCSS 7: Explain Text Illustrations


CCSS 9: Compare and Contrast Themes, Settings, and Plots

CCSS 10: Read and Comprehend

What other skills are found in the questions?

✓ Text Dependent Analysis

✓ Recount stories

✓ Explain Key Details

✓ Explain the Character’s Actions

✓ Sequence of Events

✓ Distinguish Literal from Nonliteral Language

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