Diagnostic Reading Passages + Assessments (Literature, First 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 literature reading 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-reading 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
  • 8 leveled passages (6 passages in the 200-300 range and 2 in the 300-400 range)
  • 8 pre + post tests with leveled questions for each of the following comprehension skills:
    • Ask and Answer Questions
    • Retell Stories
    • Describe Story Elements
    • Identify Character Feelings
    • Fiction vs. Nonfiction
    • Identify Narrator
    • Use Illustrations and Details
    • Compare and Contrast Characters
  • 8 answer keys with a breakdown of why each question is included

How the Assessments are Designed:

  • The texts and reading assessments are designed so that there is a set for each standard. There are a total of 8 leveled passages: 200-300 – 6 passages, and 300-400 – 2 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 the 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 leveled 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 standard.
  • Give the post-assessment (the same test as the pre-assessment) to track growth after the unit is finished.

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Diagnostic Reading Passages + Assessments (Literature, First Grade)


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