Age of Exploration Paired Passages Reading Comprehension & Informational Writing


Subject: Writing-Expository, Close Reading, Writing-Essays, U.S. History
Grade Levels: 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Resource Type: Printables, Test Prep, Literacy Center Ideas
File Type: PDF
File Size: 3 MB
Number of Pages: 43
Answer Key: Yes
Teaching Duration: 1 Week


Age of Exploration Paired Passages & Informative/Explanatory Writing:

How has exploration affected people? – Digital & PDF

This is a set of three leveled paired passages or texts on exploration: European Exploration, The Space Exploration, and The Rain Forest. The resource also includes reading comprehension and short answer response questions. The included texts are non-fiction. Targeted reading levels are 4th – 6th grades.

The extended writing prompt provided is for informative/explanatory writing.

This resource is included in both PDF and digital (Google slides) formats. The digital copies are included in both a whole file format and broken into individual pieces to make it easier for teachers to assign the pieces in an online platform.

This product is designed to help students practice for state reading and writing tests such as FSA or MACS. Teachers can choose how to use this product.

Flexible Use

The leveled texts can be used together for paired passages or could be used separately. Teachers can also use both the reading comprehension pieces and the writing activity, or choose just one.

These texts can be used as:

– close reading

– reading test practice (includes Multiple Choice, Table Match, & Short Response questions)

– social studies lessons

– reading comprehension

– paired passages with an extended informational writing prompt.

Easy Differentiation

In order to differentiate, the leveled passages are provided at three different reading Lexile levels:

Level A – Low, 4th grade level
Level B – Medium, 5th grade level
Level C – High, 6th grade level
What is included in this product?

The Effects of European Exploration – in 3 levels
Space Exploration & You – in 3 levels
Save the Rain Forest – in 3 levels
6 reading comprehension questions for the The Effects of European Exploration
5 reading comprehension and 1 short response questions for Space Exploration & You
6 reading comprehension questions for Save the Rain Forests
Answer Key for all questions
Exploration Extended Writing Response – to be used with one – three passages.
Standards Covered by this Product
Testing Cover Page
Testing Bubble/Answer Sheet
Informative Writing Rubric
Final Essay Blank Writing Paper
Digital copies of everything in Google slides.
Please see the preview for even more information and pictures of this product.

Do you need a writing center?

If you are looking for help teaching paired passages, please see my writing center. This product discusses how to teach and organize evidence-based writing.

Paired Passages Writing Center: Citing Text Evidence Bundle Grades 4, 5, & 6

Free Teacher Resource

For more information on teaching text-based essays, please see my blog post explaining the TEACH strategy.


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