September Close Reading Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages Bundle for 3rd-5th Grades

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These close reading passages and activities are the perfect tools to help students practice close reading skills during the month of September. Topics include hurricanes, monarch butterfly migration, emojis and emoticons, deadliest animals, and remembering 9/11. These week-long lessons follow a close reading model, and each one includes a teacher guide and notes to make teaching the lesson easy! 

Students will be required to use close reading skills to practice making logical inferences, citing textual evidence, and drawing conclusions from the text.

PRINT & GO! Easily differentiate instruction with the leveled reading passages for grades 3-5. Includes everything you need to teach 5 weeks of close reading lessons.

A digital Google Classroom option is included! (Google Slides™)

Close Reading Lessons:

  1. Hurricanes: One of the Most Violent Storms on Earth
  2. Remembering 9/11: We Will Never Forget!
  3. Monarch Butterflies: An Amazing Trip Through Migration
  4. Emojis and Emoticons: Where Did They Come From?
  5. Deadliest Animals: It's a Scary World Out There!

These high-interest and engaging topics will captivate the interest of students!

Step-by-Step instructions (for teacher and students) are included that follow a close reading model.

Step 1: First Reading: Determine what the text says.

Step 2: Second Reading: Determine how the text says it.

Step 3: Third Reading: Determine what the text means.

Step 4: Written Comprehension: Write and Respond


  • Implementation Guide (Steps to Close Reading)
  • Teacher Guide and Notes
  • Classroom Posters
  • Mark It Up! Annotation Cards
  • 2 Differentiated Reading Passages
  • Text-Dependent Questions
  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Written Response
  • Close Reading Graphic Organizers

Easily Differentiate Instruction!

These close reading comprehension passages are written at 2 different levels to allow for differentiation during instruction. The content of the 2 passages is the same, but the reading levels are different. Questions about the content are the same. This makes it easy for you to provide students with the same questions and activity sheets while also allowing students to practice close reading skills on their reading level.

All answer keys are included!

⭐Note: Each reading passage is leveled with special symbols at the bottom left corner to denote difficulty levels.

This resource is aligned to the anchor standard that refers to reading text closely:

ELA Reading Standard 1: “Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it, cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.”

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