Close Reading Passages and Questions: 1st and 2nd Grade


These comprehension passages for first and second grade are filled with text-dependent questions and rich vocabulary to help young readers practice the skill of close reading throughout the whole school year!

Updated: digital type-in responses added 7/2020

The close reading passages are of high interest to young learners and are seasonal so you can use them from September through June!

I have been through numerous trainings for close reading and at first I thought it was a skill too difficult for my 1st graders. When I started researching the topic more, I realized that when broken down, there are parts of close reading that can apply to any reader, regardless of their grade level.

In this unit:

-An overview of close reading

-How I use close reading strategies with my first graders

-12 different seasonal close reading printables that can be used with any book the teacher chooses

-20 non-fiction seasonal passages with vocabulary and comprehension questions

-20 fiction seasonal passages with vocabulary and comprehension questions

*Close reading is a difficult skill for students to master. I complete all of these activities WITH my students in whole group and guided practice fashion. These may be appropriate for higher-level 1st graders or 2nd graders to complete on their own*

To see what close reading looks like in my classroom, check out my blog post HERE!


Susan Jones

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