Fictional Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Middle and High School

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  • "I waited and studied the trees, peeling rings of chalky bark." This realistic fiction reading comprehension includes helpful suggestions to help students write their own descriptive essays.
  • This realistic fiction story about a math competition is good reading comprehension practice.
  • A mini-unit about the Australian wind that brings the spring. Includes reading comprehension questions, questions to show the relationship between the myth and reality, and promts for writing your own myth about the coming of spring.
  • "What tasks must the hero accomplish?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any fantasy/adventure book. An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • "When the two main characters initially meet, what is the source of conflict?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any romance book (from Jane Austen to Meg Cabot). An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • "In what ways does the setting of the movie differ from how it was presented in the book?" Many popular children's books are being made into films-- this list of questions helps students develop critical thinking skills while comparing the two media.
  • A short story about a difficult summer job. The focus of this lesson is embedded SAT-level vocabulary (all nouns). The story is followed by questions to check vocabulary-based comprehension, context practice, synonym matching, and a guide word exercise.
  • A girl in 1916 ponders the issues of suffrage. The focus of this lesson is embedded SAT-level vocabulary (all verbs). The story is followed by questions to check vocabulary-based comprehension, context practice, synonym matching, and a guide word exercise.
  • Read an Annie Oakley tall tale (based on "Annie Got Her Gun!") and answer the multiple choice questions, then read a true story about Oakley with short answer comprehension questions. Sort fact from fiction in a review worksheet. Think and write about the values reflected in these tall tales. Finally: Write your own Annie Oakley tall tale. A great unit and a fun "women's history month" tie-in.
  • "The loss and destruction here was almost tangible." A short story about a polluted lake. The focus of this lesson is embedded SAT-level vocabulary (all adjectives). The story is followed by questions to check vocabulary-based comprehension, context practice, synonym matching, and a guide word exercise.
  • Read a Pecos Bill tall tale and answer the multiple choice questions, then read a true story about Pecos Bill with short answer comprehension questions. Sort fact from fiction in a review worksheet. Think and write about the values reflected in these tall tales. Finally: Write your own Pecos Bill tall tale. A great unit!
  • Marie's trip to Washington, D.C. has her thinking about her favorite orator. A nice tie-in for MLK Day (third Monday in January), this reading comprehension is followed by multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.
  • Fictional story about Chinese New Year, followed by multiple choice comprehension, short answer, and essay questions.
  • "Raoul Kirschbaum climbed from the smoking wreckage of the time machine." A fictional story about meeting a real president with real dental problems, followed by multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.
  • "Matthew and Jessica were the leaders of Washington Middle School's Mardi Gras float committee." Students trying to decide on a Mardi Gras parade float learn a little about how Mardi Gras is observed in other parts of the world. This short fiction is followed by multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.
  • "Patrick thought the only good thing about Daylight Saving Time was that people got to sleep an hour longer the night it ended." This short fiction is followed by multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.

  • "Even when they’re vanquishing bad guys, secret agents always have impeccable manners." A fictional story about secret agent training (with real table manners), followed by multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.
  • "Each child talked about his or her favorite food." A realistic reading comprehension, followed by multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.
  • Read this fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci, and then use inference skills to answer the questions on the next page. da Vinci's birthday is April 15th.
  • Read this fictional story about a mysterious sound, and then use inference skills to answer the questions on the next page.
  • A realistic fiction story from the perspective of a young competitive swimmer, followed by multiple choice questions.
  • “There was a blinding white flash and Martin Gonzales was knocked to the ground.” A boy travels back in time to learn about Aztec life in this vocabulary-packed story, reviewed by math, vocabulary, short answer, and writing worksheets.
  • “Emily had been engrossed by Incan history for as long as she could remember.” A girl travels back in time to learn about Inca life in this vocabulary-packed story, reviewed by math, vocabulary, short answer, and writing worksheets.
  • Fictional short story about a student science engineering project carried out at a zoo exhibit. Help students value planning and consider potential outcomes and consequences. Middle/High school level.
  • Jacob's mother didn't understand how he would become a biologist when he spent so much time on the Internet.
  • Gloria visits the particle accelerator with her Dad and learns about holiday celebrations around the world. Reading comp,short answer questions.
  • Hannah and Nick dread the annual summer road trip, but this year their parents have a surprise for them. Multiple choice, short answer, essay question, vocabulary word list (abcteach.com list 4 level 2).
  • Amy and Arnie bring their summer science project on the family vacation. Dad threatens to exterminate their 500 cockroaches if one gets loose in the family RV. Vocabulary list.
  • Tyler and Hannah are overwhelmed by the number of search results they get for the word Internet, when trying to research for an assignment. Mother helps them start the paper by explaining some of the changes the Internet has brought.
  • A two page short informative fiction on the pros and cons of mobile phones as seen through the eyes of Carmen; with multiple choice, short answer questions and a writing prompt.
  • A two page biography of Australian born, media-mogul, Rupert Murdoch, includes short answer and multiple choice questions.
  • A two page biography of Australian born, media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, with short answer and multiple choice questions and a writing prompt.
  • Pam hopes to compost her way to a new mountain bike. When Gran ends up in the hospital, Pam wonders if she will be able to create good quality compost with out her grandmother's experience and help. Includes multiple choice and short answer comprehension questions and a long essay prompt.
  • William's father has different ideas than William about how he should spend his life. His father's work protecting the endangered Mountain Gorilla as a Park Ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo seemed ideal to William. However, Dad says, "There are many ways to be a hero."
  • Lukas is bored visiting his relatives for the summer in Greece until he begins to learn about the sea cave and the endangered creature that lives there.
  • A 10 page set of differentiated activities related to the Clement's book, Frindle. Includes a list of 8 choices of activities with rubric score form and rubrics tally sheet, plus word searches and word unscrambles with answer keys.
  • A hard crossword puzzle and bridge shaped word search based on words found in the short fiction text, "Do You See the Brooklyn Bridge?"
  • Gwen is disappointed in her summer visit to Granny's. Granny challenges Gwen to use her "tools" and teaches her some lessons about boredom and luck. Includes multiple choice and short answer questions. Writing prompt challenges students to write their own ending to the story using objects and ideas in the plot.
  • Jacob and his twin sister learn about the importance of family health history. Includes a set of short response and a set of multiple choice questions, plus a writing prompt that will help student make a plan for heart health in their family.