Compare & Contrast Nonfiction Text Structure RI.5.5 – Reading Passages for RI5.5



Compare & Contrast Text Structure

⭐️These 16 printable and digital Lexile® certified passages paired in 8 sets are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing RI5.5, 5th grade compare and contrast text structure skills. Students learn to compare and contrast the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts. Covers chronology or sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution text structures. If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching compare and contrast skills in your 4th grade or 5th-grade class.


⭐️Includes standard based questions, anchor charts, and two skills-focused test passages. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the fourth grade and fifth-grade bands and aligned to Common Core standards.


⭐️The printable PDF and digital versions are both included with this product for classroom and distance learning needs. The digital version is compatible with Google Drive and Google Slides and can be downloaded from Google Slides into PowerPoint.



✏️Lexile Levels – All 16 passages include a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 4th grade & 5th grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for fourth and fifth grade is 740L-1010L).


✏️Integrated Color Coding – The color-coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.


✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard-based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.


✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard-based essay and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


✏️Highly Engaging – Contains original passages with high-quality photographs designed to engage students of all levels and interests.


Teachers Just ❤️LOVE❤️ This Resource:

★ Mary M. said, “These are great. I teach both social studies and reading. These will help me combine teaching text structure and major concepts in history. Such a time saver for me as I am struggling to cover all my standards each year. 

★ Hayle B. said, “This resource was very helpful in teaching text structures. My students greatly benefited from the anchor chart.

★ Melissa B. said, “This is a great resource to teach compare and contrast nonfiction text structure. The passages were very engaging and led to a lot of discussions.


What’s Included:

1. Text Structure Anchor Chart & Journal Page

  • Includes Chronology
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Cause & Effect
  • Problem & Solution

2. Paired Practice Passages & Question Sets

  • The Great Depression- 750L / The 1930s in America- 740L
  • The History of Child Labor in the United States- 920L / The Problem with Child Labor- 800L
  • A Day in My Life: India- 770L / Indian Culture and American Culture- 870L
  • America’s Political Parties- 740L / A Split Nation- 880L
  • Censorship- 920L / The History of Censorship in North Korea- 880L
  • Albert Einstein- 780L / Albert Einstein’s Theories and Discoveries- 980L
  • Severe Storms: Hurricanes- 920L / Severe Storms- 880L

3. Test Passages & Question Sets

  • Caimans and Alligators- 840L
  • People vs. Alligators- 870L


Magicore is a Certified Lexile Partner:

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Skill Pack Bundle:

This resource is available in a Skill Pack Bundle that contains six different resources focused on this specific reading skill – including lesson plans, digital mini-lessons, guided readers, task cards, and Boom Cards.

Skill Pack: Compare Text Structure – 5th Grade | RI.5.5

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