These five reading passages introduce students to first-person narratives through fun, fascinating topics that are guaranteed to hold their interest. Each passage includes five Common Core-aligned questions, testing your students’ ability to:
Use Context Clues • Interpret Figurative Language • Draw Inferences
Recall Supporting Facts • Identify the Main Idea • Analyze Perspective
Passage 1: Moving Day
The narrator is excited to move to a new home. But as he explores his strange and unfamiliar new house, he learns that sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone! View Resource…
Passage 2: Summer in Managua
The narrator’s home is snowy Buffalo, New York, but her parents are from sunny Nicaragua. When she visits her family home for the summer, the narrator sees a different side of her parents. This passage is a great conversation starter for bilingual classes! View Resource…
Passage 4: My Odd Upbringing
The narrator of My Odd Upbringing comes from strange family. Not only did she grow up on a houseboat, but her father once made a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a homemade ship! This fiction story is inspired by the real-life story of legendary oddball Poppa Neutrino. View Resource…
Passage 5: A Highly Unique Career
“My career is highly unique,” begins the narrator. “I use a specialized skill set that took me an entire lifetime to learn. I can earn thousands of dollars in a single day, and the tools of my trade can fit into a single briefcase.” What is he? Read on to find out! View Resource…
PS: If your students enjoyed “A Highly Unique Career,” I recommend the story that inspired it: “The Hitch-Hiker” by Roald Dahl. It can be found in fantastic collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.
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