Realistic Fiction Reading Passages

Realistic fiction tells the story of a person or animal in a real life setting. All characters act in a way that is true to life; there is no magic or extraordinary happenings. 

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” could write charming children’s poetry, but Robert Louis Stevenson did just that. His poems for children show a deep insight into childhood, from being sick in bed to swinging high on a swing. This reading set includes some of his most beloved poems.

Reading Set: 7 Passages

Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the year. Women have overcome daunting odds to succeed and excel in all areas of human endeavor, including science, manufacturing, athletics, business, and exploration. These passages about outstanding women cover the broad spectrum of the accomplishments of notable women. Their stories are sure to inspire your students. 

Reading Set: 18 Passages

Black History Month

The United States and Canada observe Black History month in February; the United Kingdom observes it in October. While the commemorative month is a good time to celebrate the achievements and culture of the black community, this focus should not be limited to only one month. Students will benefit learning of the accomplishments and struggles of people of color at any time of the year. This reading set includes all grade levels and multiple topics.

Reading Set: 13 Passages

Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of many of his more notable works, like "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe wrote other less ominous poems and stories as well. This Reading Set includes passages for many of Poe's most famous works, as well as some lesser-known treasures.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Joey's Trip to the Dentist

Joey is excited to have a special lunch with his dad instead of eating at the school cafeteria, but his fun day suddenly turns ...

378 Words, K-1st Grades, Story Elements and Summary

Sarah Plants a Seed

When the weather gets warm, Sarah's mother loves to spend time in the garden. Sarah wants to help, so she learns how to plant a...

388 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Context Clues, Story Elements, and Summary

Amanda's First Day

Amanda is the new girl in school, and she is worried about how she will make new friends. Jessica and Troy step in at playtime ...

320 Words, K-1st Grades, Character Traits and Theme

Picture-books in Winter

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” is Robert Louis Stevens...

110 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language and Theme

My Shadow

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

This delightful poem by Robert Louis Stevenson was p...

152 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Context Clues, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Theme

Fruit or Vegetable? How to Tell the Difference

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Scientists have a standard for determining the difference, and it may be different than the...

302 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Fact and Opinion, and Summary