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August Close Reading Comprehension Passages | 5th Grade & 6th Grade

August Close Reading Comprehension Passages | 5th Grade & 6th Grade

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A book with ten close reading passages focused on key events in August from history or famous figures that were either born or died in the month. Each activity has an informational text with comprehension and grammar questions followed by an extension task, followed by a crossword puzzle and wordsearch activity.

The NO PREP reading comprehension activities are perfect for students in fifth grade or sixth grade. Students will learn about world history whilst developing their comprehension skills.

The book includes individual activities on:

  • The record-breaking American Football quarterback, Tom Brady, who was born on the 3rd August 1977.
  • The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, who was born on the 4th August 1961.
  • The first person to set foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, who was born on the 5th August 1930
  • The famous American pop artist, Andy Warhol, who was born on the 6th August 1928
  • The famous tennis star from Switzerland, Roger Federer, who was born on the 8th August 1981.
  • The last active ruler of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, who died on the 10th August in 30 BC.
  • The former slave, Frederick Douglass, who made an emotional speech giving an account of his life as a slave on the 11th August 1841.
  • The record-breaking Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt, who was born on the 21st August 1986.
  • The famous wonder, Petra, which was discovered on the 22nd August 1812 in Jordan, after being hidden from western eyes for centuries.
  • The famous NASA mathematician and scientist, Katherine Johnson, who was born on the 26th August 1918.


Included in this PDF printable resource:

  • Ten informational texts
  • Each with a comprehension activity with ten questions
  • Each with grammar questions about the text
  • Each with an extension writing activity
  • Answer sheets for self-assessment or teacher use
  • Each with a crossword puzzle & wordsearch to consolidate learning


This resource is great for:

  • In class learning
  • Independent work
  • Homework
  • Guided reading sessions
  • Assessment practice
  • Reading interventions
  • Emergency sub plans

The activity requires NO PREP; it has a body of text that students need to read through thoroughly; then they can use the text to find the comprehension and grammar answers. All texts then have an extension activity for those fast finishers and answers, for teacher use, are on the final page of the document.



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