Diagnostic Reading Passages + Assessments (Informational, Third Grade)


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Diagnostic Reading Passages + Assessments provide a simple and quick way to pre-assess students before teaching a new reading standard. Using a tiered question approach, you can gather data about your students’ levels of understanding and differentiate accordingly. Before starting a new reading skill or strategy, this is how you can quickly level students for guided reading and small strategy groups!

Are you struggling to identify where your students are in their informational reading comprehension skills development? Do you need a quick and easy way to level students into strategy reading groups for small group time? Included are leveled passages, pre and post-assessments, and answer keys that provide teacher rationale and tips for grouping students based on scores. The teacher guide will remove all the guesswork so you can easily differentiate and meet each student’s needs!

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Included in this Resource:

  • A printable PDF file
  • Teacher guide
  • 9 leveled passages – all within the 700-900 Lexile range
  • 9 pre + post-tests with leveled questions for each of the following skills:
    • Ask + Answer Questions
    • Main Idea + Key Details
    • Text Connections
    • Context Clues
    • Text Features
    • Author’s Point of View
    • Graphic Features
    • Text Structure
    • Compare + Contrast Two Texts
  • 9 answer keys with a breakdown of why each question is included

How the Assessments are Designed:

  • The texts and assessments are designed so that there is a set for each comprehension skill. There are a total of 9 leveled passages:
    700-800 – 6 passages
    800-900 – 3 passages
  • Each assessment has three questions. The first question is the most simple, while the third question is the most difficult. The first question requires a basic and surface-level understanding of the reading skill. The second question builds upon the concept a bit more. The third question requires application of the concept. These three-tiered questions are labeled with shapes (circle, square, triangle) so that the levels are discrete.

How To Use These Assessments:

  • The leveled questions will give you insight and data for creating your strategy reading groups. You can group students by reading level or by specific strategy, or a combination of both. With student groups and pre-assessment data at your fingertips, you can differentiate instruction for each group as you move through the skill.
  • Give the post-assessment (same test as the pre-assessment) after the unit is finished to track growth.

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Diagnostic Reading Passages + Assessments (Informational, Third Grade)


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