Daily Archives: April 13, 2015

Language Arts – High Interest Reading Passages and Comprehension Questions

Grades 4-6 and Homeschool

Sarah Peterson

Hands on History


Check out my latest High-Interest Language Arts Reading Comprehension Product: Pages, Squires and Knights!

Pages, Squires and Knights


Short reading passages covering Pages, Squires, Medieval Knights, Jousting, Chainmail and Plate Armor.  Reading comprehension questions and graphic organizers are included for each passage.


This product is great for Social Studies (History) and Language Arts (Reading Comprehension).  The product contains: seven short reading passages and comprehension questions; seven graphic organizers (one for each passage); and the teacher’s keys.     Questions are true or false; multiple choice and open ended, and include both literal and inferential questions.


The passage topics include:

  • Pages: Training to be a Squire
  • Squires: Training to be a Knight
  • Medieval Knights: Jobs and Duties
  • Jousting
  • Chainmail
  • Plate Armor


Lexile measure: 630L-660L


THIS PRODUCT IS GREAT FOR A QUICK SAMPLE FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS!   It may be used for Independent Reading, Homework, or as a Supplemental Homeschool Worksheet.  $


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Please note:  The Informational Text also appears in my Medieval Careers Lesson Plan; however, the reading comprehension questions and graphic organizers are not a part of that lesson plan.

Language Arts – “May Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions”

By Christina L

Grades 2-5


Here are some non-fiction reading passages filled with lots of fun facts about the month of May. Use them as warm up activity, for early finishers or in a reading center.

• 8 May themed reading passage, each with 3 comprehension questions
• Worksheet for recalling 4 May facts that students have learned
• Template for writing a limerick (for Limerick Day)

The 8 passages include the following titles:
Happy Mother’s Day
• Memorial Day
• Cinco de Mayo
• Happy Birthday, Sally Ride!
• Limerick Day (Includes a template for students to create their own limerick.)
• The Kentucky Derby
• Florence Nightingale (for National Nurses Week)
• Amelia Earhart

Have a closer look here!

***Buy 2, get 1 Free! Save with this Spring Bundle***
Spring Bundle: Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions

***Through the Year Mega Bundle Also Available!***
Mega Bundle:Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions

Thanks for looking!

Christina L

My Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Christina-L


Language Arts – “The Secret Heart” Analyzing and Writing Poetry

Language Arts – “The Secret Heart” Analyzing and Writing Poetry

By Mary Pat Mahoney

Just Add Students

Teach critical thinking, analysis, and creative writing using the poem “The Secret Heart” by Robert Coffin. This delightful poem tells the story of a childhood memory a son has about his father.

This resource will guide your students’ understanding of the poem by using the TP-FASTT and DIDLS analysis acronyms.

The analysis tools are broken down in easy-to-follow activities – including practice scanning the poem.

The lesson ends with an opportunity for students to write their own childhood memory poem based on the format of “The Secret Heart.”

This resource includes:
*daily lesson plans (CCSS aligned)
*pre-reading childhood memory activity
*student notes
*paraphrase chart
*figurative language activity
*analysis of figurative language
*DIDLS chart
*attitude analysis
*symbol analysis
*title chart
*theme analysis
*guided writing prompt: Analyze theme
*comprehension assessment
*graphic organizers for original poem
*paper and frame for final poem
*answer keys

“The Secret Heart” is widely anthologized. It is not in the Public Domain, so I haven’t included a copy of the poem with this lesson. It is available through online and print sources.


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Mary Pat