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Fictional Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Middle and High School

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  • A hard crossword puzzle and bridge shaped word search based on words found in the short fiction text, "Do You See the Brooklyn Bridge?"
  • The Princess Easter needs eggs for the Easter party, but someone has stolen the chickens. What will she do? A modern "fairy tale" (and reading comprehension).
  • The tale of a boy who trades a panda for a pepper (??) is available at four different levels, with increasingly advanced vocabulary and activities. The middle school level includes reading comprehension, inference questions, metaphor and simile work, and exercises in understanding appropriate for middle school readers.
  • A realistic fiction reading comprehension of a girl's visit to her ancestral home in Sicily.
  • This unit uses three of Aesop's shorter fables as a foundation for talking about unity. With imaginative writing and drawing prompts, as well as comprehension questions, this is a fun introduction to Aesop AND a solid lesson on character education and critical thinking skills. Available at four levels.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A girl helps her neighbor make pickles in this realistic fictionr reading comprehension.
  • Daniel's dog Princess is about to have puppies! Learn more with this realistic fiction reading comprehension.
  • 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!
  • "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.

  • 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).
  • 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 poetry reading comprehension about a broken window.
  • A four page realistic fiction reading comprehension about a (class) presidential election. Questions are formatted for short essay or discussion questions, rather than multiple choice.
  • This unit uses the story of the miller, his son, and their donkey as a foundation for talking about fitting in. With imaginative writing and drawing prompts, as well as comprehension questions, this is a fun introduction to Aesop AND a solid lesson on character education and critical thinking skills. Available at four levels.
  • "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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • A realistic fiction reading comprehension about a boy and his great love - baseball.
  • Nana Nettie plants more tulips in her beautiful garden every year to welcome the spring. A realistic fiction reading comprehension.
  • "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 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.
  • Gloria visits the particle accelerator with her Dad and learns about holiday celebrations around the world. Reading comp,short answer questions.
  • Students read a story about a typical day in one man's life, then isolate the over 20 uses of electricity, concluding by rewriting the story without electricity.
  • 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.
  • A realistic fiction story, and great testing practice! This reading comprehension would make a good opening for talking about friends, peer pressure, fitting in...
  • Read the "island adventure" advertisement and answer the comprehension questions; then create your own "island adventure".
  • "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.
  • This fictional reading comprehension tells the story of a very bad day at an amusement park.
  • A historical fiction story about a village that once had "gypsy" visitors forms the backdrop for this great mini-unit, featuring vocabulary building, comprehension questions, reflection, writing assignments, and more.
  • A realistic fiction story about a woman working in her hot summer garden. This reading comprehension features thoughtful short answer questions.
  • Summer has arrived, and with it, mouth-watering watermelons. Mmmm! A realistic fiction reading comprehension, with short answer questions.
  • With the help of her big brother and the support of her parents, a sixth grader tries out for the school softball team in this realistic fiction reading comprehension.