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July Close Reading Comprehension Passages | 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

July Close Reading Comprehension Passages | 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

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A book with ten close reading passages focused on key events in July 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 third grade or fourth grade. Students will learn about world history whilst developing their comprehension skills.

The book includes individual activities on:

  • The Battle of Gettysburg, which was a key battle in the American Civil War, and was fought from the 1st July until the 3rd July 1863.
  • The famous Mexican artist and icon, Frida Kahlo, who was born on the 6th July 1907.
  • The spiritual leader of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, who was born on the 6th July 1935.
  • The scientist famous for his work in electricity, Nikola Tesla, who was born on the 10th July 1856.
  • The famous Nobel Peace Prize winner and educational activist, Malala Yousafzai, who was born in Pakistan on the 12th July 1997.
  • The Apollo 11 Moon mission, which put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface on the 21st July 1969.
  • One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, which was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham on the 24th July 1911.
  • The red planet of Mars, where the Perseverance Mars Rover was launched to on the 30th July 2020.
  • The author famous for her Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, who was born on the 31st July 1965.
  • The powerful ruler of Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, who was born at some point in July of 356 BC.


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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