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Paired Passages With Poems | Set 1

Are your students ready to tackle analyzing poetry and fiction stories in a brand new way? This passage and poem set has been carefully paired with multiple tasks to combine all of those reading skills they've worked so hard to master. This is THE resource you need to increase critical thinking with reading comprehension! This paired passage resource has been thoughtfully created to teach students how to integrate information from a poem and story, each with a similar theme.

What is included in this paired passages resource?

Each set (one poem and one story) includes annotation guides for each passage or poem and text-based comprehension questions for each piece of writing. Each set also includes additional pages of extensive paired passage tasks that require students to Analyze, Apply, Evaluate, and Create based on the paired passages (please see the preview for sample pages). Each set includes at least 10 printables pages with high-quality content.

The theme covered in this set of passages is: 

Ships & Swapping Stories: Overcoming Adversity

What specific skills are covered?

A wide variety of reading skills are covered in these paired passages, including:

  • Annotating Skills (Vocabulary, Figurative Language, Connections, Details)
  • Synthesizing Information
  • Text Analysis
  • Written Response to Text
  • Theme
  • Context Clues
  • Point of View and Perspective
  • Main Idea and Details
  • Summarizing
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Story Elements
  • Drawing Connections
  • …and more!

About the poems and passages:

This resource includes high-quality, professionally written and edited original poems and stories.  The stories are well-developed and multiple pages long. These are NOT short passages, but full-length stories. 

Is this resource digital?

YES! This paired passages resource is both printable and digital. The digital version is available as a Google Slides activity. The link for this version is in your download right beside the printable version.

Which grades is this suited for? How can I use this in my classroom?

This resource is perfect for review, test prep, and teaching paired passages.  I have taken great care to include a wide variety of tasks, questions, and formats to engage your students in many types of analysis. This resource can be used any time of year but may be particularly helpful as you prepare for state testing.

This paired passage comprehension resource is recommended for grades 4+.

How are the printable paired passages formatted?

These paired passages books are meant to be printed full-page, double-sided (or single-sided) and stapled together. That’s it! They are very low-prep.

How long does this paired passages activity take?

I recommend completing each of these sets over the course of one week.

Suggested answers included for answers that are not opinion-based.

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