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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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

Foreign Lands

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

Robert Louis Stevenson was a poet as well as a novel...

131 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme, Summary, and Theme

The Mystery Mammal

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Following a set of clues from her teacher about a m...

631 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Point of View, and Summary

A Field in Winter

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

This descriptive passage paints a scene of a quiet, ...

341 Words, 7th-9th Grades, Figurative Language and Theme

Emily and the Sunrise

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

This descriptive passage paints a scene of a young d...

549 Words, 5th-7th Grades, Figurative Language and Summary

Ava and the Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Each year thousands of adult female loggerhead sea turtles come to the beaches of Florida to lay their eggs before returning to...

613 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Pansy Takes a Trip

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Anika can’t wait to get on board for her first airpl...

1,193 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits and Summary

Cali Loses a Tooth

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Young Cali isn’t quite ready for her first tooth to ...

593 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 420L - 730L, Story Elements and Summary