This Paired Texts unit in print and digital for Google Classroom™ (and other top educational platforms) targets reading comprehension using two different passages, (one fiction and one nonfiction) on the same themed topic. This packet is loaded with 8 passages (4 sets of paired texts) including 2 historical (Revolutionary War Spies), 2 scientific (Kangaroos), 2 biographical (Astronauts), and 2 technical pieces (Skywriting).
Each passage has comprehension questions that target a variety of reading strategies including main idea, theme, cause and effect, and more. There’s a vocabulary practice page for each set which includes Latin/Greek roots, synonyms and antonyms, matching, and more. There are also double-sided paired text worksheets that ask questions requiring the student to refer to both texts, to analyze, and combine information to formulate answers. Plus, there are three writing prompts (narrative, expository, and persuasive) for each set. Rigorous for sure, but absolutely engaging topics your kids will enjoy!
It includes: (Print and Digital)
8 Double-Sided Passages with a total of 4 paired texts
Revolutionary War Spy Messages
School Teacher Spy
Kangaroo Gets a Pouch (Aborigine Legend)
Astronaut Miller’s Journal
My Dad, the Skywriter
Vocabulary page for each set (total of 4)
Double-Sided Paired Text Questions for each set (total of 4 = 8 pages)
Narrative, Expository and Persuasive Writing Prompts for each set (total of 12 pages)
Teacher Notes for Digital with LINKS
Why you’ll love this resource:
- Everything you need for paired texts is ready in one place!
- It includes a print and a DIGITAL version. The digital version can be opened as a PowerPoint so it’s compatible on many educational platforms.
- Students really enjoy reading the high-interest passages!
- Each passage has its own set of comprehension questions, in addition to the question pages which compare the two texts.
- Writing prompts allow you to integrate writing skills into these units.
- There are narrative, expository, and persuasive writing prompts for each paired passages. You can choose whichever one you’d like.
- The vocabulary component for each paired passage set is a great way to reinforce vocabulary.
If you’re looking for more paired text resources, you might like this one:
Paired Texts: Fiction to Fiction for 3rd – 5th Grades
Looking for some thematic paired texts to take you through the seasons? These have fun passages without holiday content, so you can use them any time!
Fall Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
Winter Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
Spring Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
Here’s a deeply discounted bundle with all three of the seasons!
Paired Texts by the Season Bundle: 4th – 6th Grades
This set has short paired texts, with lots of myths, folktales from around the world, and fables:
Compare, Contrast, and More for 3rd – 5th Graders
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