Myths and Legends Traditional Literature Comprehension Passages

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Improve reading comprehension in your classroom with our differentiated myths and legends from around the world close reading passages and questions. This pack includes five traditional literature passages with six pages of engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks. These activities are great for your Year 5-8 guided reading program or as homework tasks.


Learn more about Theseus and the Minotaur, The Loch Ness Monster, The Legend of Robin Hood, The Trojan Horse and Māui and the Sun.

This resource links closely to ACARA and the NZ Curriculum.

In this print AND digital pack you will receive:

1. FIVE texts – all with an extended and scaffold version:

  • Theseus and the Minotaur
  • The Loch Ness Monster
  • The Legend of Robin Hood
  • The Trojan Horse
  • Plus a BONUS text – Māui and the Sun

2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create

Reading Comprehension Strategies included:

  • Making Connections
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Visualising
  • Make Predictions

3. Five Graphic Organiser Examples

  • Character Map
  • Story Map
  • Story Plot Mountain
  • Flow Diagram
  • Web Organiser

4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions

5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.

What this resource is all about:

The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go Myth and Legend texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.

This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyze, Evaluate, Create).

What Teachers Like You Say:

  • Penella C. said “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love using this! My students enjoy the larger texts and they always seem to focus more on the work. I love I don’t have to do any extra work to use it!”
  • Emily F. said, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource is my go-to. The passages are differentiated and students enjoy reading them. The questions for each passage perfectly address the standards we are expected to teach.”
  • Desiree W. said, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you! I love how well this resource goes from in-person instruction to online. The students found the stories really interesting and I loved that there were different levels of the reading.”


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