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Reading Comprehension Questions

Sample Reading Comprehension Questions with PDFs

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Reading Comprehension Questions
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Teachers have a tough job. Not only do they need to teach their core content areas, but they must also help their students master reading comprehension, too! Sometimes, it's hard to do it all in context when you need to focus on the skills. Below, please find free reading comprehension worksheets complete with multiple choice questions and some essay questions, too. Each worksheet can be completed online, or you can print the attached pdf file for ease of classroom use. 

The worksheets will help your students prepare for a reading comprehension test, or even the critical reading section of any standardized test like the SAT, PSAT, GRE and more! Bonus? You can have them on hand for easy substitute lesson plans if you have to be out. That's just a win-win!

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Questions

This link will take you to a slew of reading comprehension worksheets based on nonfiction passages. The passage word counts range from 500+ to over 2,000, and the content varies from famous speeches to biographies to art. Use the worksheets and accompanying multiple choice questions to test your students' mastery of finding the main idea, assessing author's purpose, making inferences, understanding vocabulary in context, and more!

Fiction Reading Comprehension Questions

Here, find a range of reading comprehension worksheets based on fictional passages. The passage word counts range from the 800s up to 3,000+. The settings range from a modern day kitchen to 19th century Parisian reform school. And like the nonfiction reading comprehension questions above, these focus on skills like main idea, inferences, vocab in context and more, too.

Main Idea Worksheets

While the nonfiction and fiction worksheets above offer varied questions, these worksheets focus only on finding the main idea. Here, you'll find a worksheet of separate paragraphs followed by either multiple choice questions where students will have to get rid of distractors to find the correct main idea (getting rid of choices too narrow, too broad, partially correct, etc.), or open-ended questions where students will need to compose the main idea whether it's stated or implied. 

Vocabulary in Context Worksheets

Each of the worksheets below focuses on a snippet from a story and is followed by multiple choice questions asking students to determine the vocabulary word based on the context. 

Inference Worksheets

The first two worksheets come with pdfs for printing while the last three are meant to be completed online. Students will look at pictures, and based on the photos or cartoons, make an inference backed up by the evidence displayed on the screen.

Author's Purpose Worksheets

These worksheets offer a variety of paragraphs, followed by an author's purpose question similar to those on standardized tests. For each paragraph, the students will need to select the choice that best represents the author's purpose for writing the passage, suggesting an idea, using a particular phrase, etc. 

Reading How-To's:

  1. How to Find the Main Idea
  2. How to Make an Inference
  3. How to Understand Vocabulary in Context
  4. How to Find the Author's Purpose

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