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Fictional Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Middle and High School

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  • Our fictional tale of a girl with a gulping habit is available at four different levels, with increasingly advanced vocabulary and activities. The middle school level includes reading comprehension and inference questions and exercises in understanding appropriate for middle school readers.
  • 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.
  • Christmas-themed realistic fiction followed by multiple choice comprehension questions.
  • There are seven cats at the "flower house"! A realistic fiction reading comprehension.
  • Daniel's dog Princess is about to have puppies! Learn more with this realistic fiction reading comprehension.
  • "Susie always wanted to be different, because everything about her life was so ordinary". A realistic fiction reading comprehension. Includes a writing prompt.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coach Collins leads his P.E. class in an excellent basketball game. A realistic fiction reading comprehension.
  • 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.
  • A folktale from Vietnam, with vocabulary, short answer comprehension questions, and a writing prompt.
  • Read the "island adventure" advertisement and answer the comprehension questions; then create your own "island adventure".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Read this fictional story about a mysterious sound, and then use inference skills to answer the questions on the next page.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • Summer has arrived, and with it, mouth-watering watermelons. Mmmm! A realistic fiction reading comprehension, with 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.
  • A realistic fiction story, and great testing practice! This reading comprehension would make a good opening for talking about friends, peer pressure, fitting in...
  • "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.