Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research

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Get your students reading, thinking about, and exploring a variety of non-fiction passages that take them around the world and into outer space. Topics cover geography, history, science, and more.

Not only will your student enjoy the interesting stories, you’ll enjoy the ease of having an open-and-go reading comprehension curriculum that you can incorporate into several subjects.

This resource includes topics to cover a full year of reading comprehension practice, and you won’t need a teacher guide to begin.

For grades 4-8.
275 pages, black and white


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Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research

One of the goals of exploring non-fiction text is comprehending the message.

Your student learns comprehension skills through:

  • reading (or listening)
  • answering relevant questions
  • and narration

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research presents short, single-topic lessons to help your student learn:

  • inference
  • critical thinking
  • test-taking skills
  • drawing a conclusion
  • and the ability to narrate back the information presented

At the end of each lesson, you’ll find questions to encourage your student to explore more.

Reading and listening for comprehension is a valuable asset for students from elementary school to college.

Why Do Students Struggle With Informational Text and How Can This Book Help?

1. Students may have difficulty understanding text when they encounter new words.

Unfamiliar words introduced in each lesson help your student develop a rich vocabulary. These words are in bold print for easy location. You can create a vocabulary mini-lesson to go with each topic

2. If your student has difficulty reading, the unit segments are easy to read aloud.

The listening strategies your student develops are great for answering your follow-up questions.

Afterward, you can take dictation on the provided written narration page. You get instant feedback on how much your student understood. You’ll also learn where comprehension is lacking.

3. Sometimes comprehension is difficult because nonfiction topics can be boring.

This resource introduces exciting stories to capture your student’s interest such as:

  • The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • thrilling wonders in space
  • human body systems
  • natural disasters
  • and more!

Each unit offers interesting information woven into uncomplicated sentences ideal for holding attention.

4. Students sometimes have trouble understanding nonfiction writing when it’s out of context.

We designed this text to be a supplement to your studies, and you can explore the units in any order. If you are studying recent history, weave the Seven Wonders of the Modern World into your lessons. If your student enjoys meteorology, dive into Learning About Weather for a deeper understanding of the subject.

Use the topics to encourage further research. Ask your student “Why?” to prompt discussion.

You can adapt each topic to any learning style:

  • Visual – reading
  • Auditory – listening
  • Kinesthetic – modeling and movement

How fun would it be to create a diorama of the Empire State Building based on the captivating story?

Also, each lesson offers customizable notebooking pages. Your student can color, decorate, or add stickers to personalize their work.

Why Buy Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research

  • Teaches necessary nonfiction comprehension skills
  • Broadens vocabulary
  • Explores a multitude of topics
  • Strengthens written narration skills
  • Encourages independent research
  • Offers opportunities for discussion
  • Aids in making relevant connections
  • Develops listening strategies when read aloud
  • Presents the wonder and majesty of the universe around us

You can use Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research in your homeschool or classroom over the course of a full year doing two lessons per week, or as a supplement to your studies over a longer period of time.

“I just want to thank you for this program. It is exactly what I have been looking for to help my 12 yr old with focused informational text. She loves to read novels…not so much school related reading. I’m praying this helps her gain some of those critical skills needed for when she must read a text. Thanks!”  – Stephanie

Topics included in this unit are:

Geography

United States Geography

  • Northeast
  • Midwest
  • South
  • Southwest
  • West
  • Pacific
  • Alaska and Hawaii

Seven Wonders of the Natural World

  • Aurora Borealis
  • Mount Everest
  • Paricutín
  • Victoria Falls
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
  • Grand Canyon
  • Great Barrier Reef

History

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

  • Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  • Colossus at Rhodes
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Pyramids of Egypt at Giza

Seven Wonders of the Medieval World

  • Stonehenge
  • Colosseum
  • Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Great Wall of China
  • Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

Seven Wonders of the Age of Steam

  • Bell Rock Lighthouse
  • Great Eastern
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • London Sewers
  • Gotthard Tunnel
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Eiffel Tower

Seven Wonders of the Modern World

  • Panama Canal
  • Empire State Building
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • CN Tower
  • Delta Works
  • Itaipú Dam
  • Channel Tunnel

Science

Seven Wonders of the Solar System

  • Surface of the Sun
  • Oceans of Earth
  • Olympus Mons of Mars
  • Main Asteroid Belt
  • Great Red Spot of Jupiter
  • Rings of Saturn
  • Enceladus

Natural Disasters

  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Landslides & Avalanches
  • Cyclones
  • Typhoons
  • Hurricanes
  • Blizzards
  • Floods
  • Droughts

Learning About Weather

  • Meteorology
  • Clouds
  • Precipitation
  • Ice storms
  • Snow
  • Rain
  • Floods
  • Lightning
  • Thunder
  • Sandstorms

Human Body Systems

  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Muscular System
  • Skeletal System
  • Nervous System

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  1. Lisa

    I love how easy it is to beef up my 6th grade daughter’s reading comprehension skills with educational snippets of history, geography, and science. I appreciate how you can jump around to any topic and work at your own pace.

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  2. Yvie

    My son LOVED this! And as a mom, I really appreciated the skills reinforced (reading comprehension and retention) as well as the little ‘extras’ that were added to his history, geography, and science courses. There are many short stories included here, each with a singular focus, that introduce the student to various topics and allow space for further research. Many days, I would find him looking up more information and regaling me with facts about the topic du jour!

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  3. Robin Larson

    Oh THANK YOU for this! Reading comprehension is a struggle for one of my kids. Between this and narration, it has really helped a lot! I strongly recommend. Also, I love that you can flip to what ever topic you are working on to align things up with what your teaching. Another open and go gem!

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  4. Jenna Harper

    I got this to help my children learn how to comprehend what they read. Whenever one of the readings coincides with something my kids are learning, I print one off for them to complete. The only thing I had to do, or add, to this, was a more detailed table of contents. There is one, but it didn’t list each assignment individually. I made one for my reference so I could easily find a particular reading to go along with whatever the kids are studying. I’ll share it here:
    United States Geography
    Northeast
    Midwest
    South
    Southwest
    West
    Pacific
    Alaska & Hawaii

    Seven Wonders of the Natural World
    Aurora Borealis
    Mount Everest
    Paricutin
    Victoria Falls
    Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
    Grand Canyon
    Great Barrier Reef

    Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
    Lighthouse of Alexandria
    Statue of Zeus at Olympia
    Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
    The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
    Colossus at Rhodes
    Hanging Gardens of Babylon
    Pyramids of Egypt at Giza

    Seven Wonders of the Medieval World
    Stonehenge
    Colosseum
    Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
    Hagia Sophia
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Great Wall of China
    Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

    Seven Wonders of the Age of Steam
    Bell Rock Lighthouse
    Great Eastern
    Transcontinental Railroad
    London Sewers
    St. Gotthard Tunnel
    Brooklyn Bridge
    Eiffel Tower

    Seven Wonders of the Modern World
    Panama Canal
    Empire State Building
    Golden Gate Bridge
    CN Tower
    Delta Works
    Itaipu Dam
    Channel Tunnel

    Seven Wonders of the Solar System
    Surface of the Sun
    Oceans of Earth
    Olympus Mons of Mars
    Main Asteroid Belt
    Great Red Spot of Jupiter
    Rings of Saturn
    Enceladus

    Natural Disasters
    Volcano
    Earthquake
    Tsunami
    Landslide & Avalanche
    Cyclone
    Typhoon
    Hurricane
    Blizzard
    Flood
    Drought

    Learning About the Weather
    What is Weather?
    Evaporation
    Precipitation
    Ice Storms
    Snow
    Droughts
    Floods
    Lightning
    Thunder
    Sandstorm

    Human Body Systems
    Circulatory System
    Respiratory System
    Digestive System
    Muscular System
    Skeletal System
    Nervous System

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    • Carrie Fernandez

      Thanks so much for this suggestion. We will add this extended TOC and update it based on your feedback. 🙂

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  5. Great resource!

    EJ Blohm

    I snagged this compliation of reading comprehension passages since it’s an area of struggle for my son. I loved how it coincided with topics that we were already studying for school. The passages are short, but thorough. My son appreciated the bolded words. There is enough space to write out the answers. This resource is versatile and can really span a wide range of interests and abilities. Thank you!

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