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

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

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A book with ten close reading passages focused on key events in January 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, 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 famous English scientist, Stephen Hawking, who was born on the 8th January 1942.
  • The famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, who became the first female to fly across the Atlantic solo on the 11th January 1935.
  • The famous founding father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, who was born on the 17th January 1706.
  • The famous Roman general and friend of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, who was born on the 14th January 83 BC.
  • The American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, who was born on the 15th January 1929.
  • The famous English author of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne, who was born on the 18th January 1882.
  • The Gold Rush that started in California on the 24th January 1848, as people came from all around the world in search of wealth.
  • The famous American abstract artist, Jackson Pollock, who was born on the 28th January 1912.
  • The Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, which was first performed on the 29th January 1595
  • The famous baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who was born on the 31st January 1919.


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 and wordsearch activity


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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