Pirates Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

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Shiver me timbers! Hook your students into reading with this engaging Pirates Reading Comprehension resource. This activity pack includes FOUR Year 5 and 6 (Grade Four and Five) differentiated non-fiction passages. We have also included six pages of unique and engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks.

These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. Integrate these activities into your history and/or social studies projects! Great for use on Talk Like A Pirate day!

When you download this resource, it comes in both British and US spellings and printing sizes.

In this Pirates Reading Comprehension pack you will receive:

1. Two texts – each with an extended and scaffold version:

  • What is a Pirate?
  • Famous Pirates

2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities

Each passage features different activities!

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

Reading Comprehension Strategies included:

  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Vocabulary
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
  • Using Prior Knowledge
  • Make Predictions
  • Make Connections

3. Two Graphic Organizer Examples

  • Information Web
  • Main Idea

4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions.

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

6. Close Reading bookmarks.

What this resource is all about:

The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go non-fiction passages and engaging higher order thinking questions.

This resource is full of 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 (Analyse, Evaluate, Create).


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