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January Reading Comprehension Passages | Winter

Get ready to build literacy skills this January in a way that’s FUN for students and EASY to prep! These January reading comprehension passages are part of a monthly resource to teach and review essential reading, writing, and grammar skills.

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This resource includes FOUR original, high-interest reading passages with a heavy focus on a specific reading skill. Two texts are fiction, and three are informational.

Each original text includes FIVE days of reading tasks (for a total of 20 days!) 

  1. Day One – Read, annotate, and evaluate a text
  2. Day Two – Graphic organizer that focuses on the skill of the week
  3. Day Three – Using pictures to teach and review the reading skill
  4. Day Four – Read and respond questions
  5. Day Five – Writing prompts

Each page has been created with a clean design and easy-to-read fonts so it’s simple to use!

January Literacy Skill of the Week Covers the Following Skills:

  • Reading Skill Focus: Text Structures
  • Figurative Language: Literary Devices – Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Personification
  • Grammar Focus: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs
  • Writing Focus: Personal Narratives
  • NOTE: This resource also reviews the skills covered in August, September, and October, November, and December

*Use any combination of days to fit your needs!*

January Skills, Story and Passage Topics:

  • National Spaghetti Day (Fiction) – Making inferences, story elements, writing a personal narrative
  • National Backwards Day (Fiction)- Theme, point of view, parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs),
  • National Spaghetti Day (Nonfiction) – Descriptive writing, comma rules
  • The Art of Snowflakes (Nonfiction) – Sequence of events, text features, author's purpose, figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification)

Each page has been created with a clean design and easy-to-read fonts to make them more accessible to all students.

Once a skill has been introduced, it will be reviewed periodically throughout subsequent months and weeks as well.

Literacy Skill of the Week is perfect for…

  • Weekly instruction or practice
  • Weekly homework
  • Center work
  • Morning work
  • Intervention
  • Test Prep
  • Spiral Review

Monthly Topics: While each month's passage and story topics revolve loosely around the given season, most passages and stories can be used throughout the year for extra practice!

Need DIGITAL? We’ve got you covered! A digital, interactive, version is also included! It was created in Google Slides and is ready for Google Classroom.

Answer Keys Included

Grade Levels: This resource is best for grades 4 and 5. 

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