R.7, R.8, R.9 Differentiated Standards-Based Reading Assessments



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This pack includes DIGITAL AND PRINTABLE FORMATS of differentiated tests that assess standards covering fiction and nonfiction integration of ideas standards R.7, R.8, and R.9.

These standards include skills such as

  • explain/analyze how illustrations contribute to mood, character, setting
  • use information gained from illustrations to understand/explain text
  • describe connections in a text
  • explain author’s reasons and evidence
  • make connections between text and visual presentations
  • compare themes, plots, topics, events, and settings of stories
  • compare and contrast two texts on the same topic
  • integrate information from two texts

Each standard has twelve individual assessments (6 fiction and 6 nonfiction), so these are perfect for standards-based grading! I have aligned them with Common Core, but because reading comprehension skills are assessed similarly across the board, you can easily use these even if you don’t use Common Core.

Use these for whole group mini-lessons to model a think-aloud, independent practice, small group remediation, homework, or progress monitoring.

Many people who use my Better Than Basal sets often ask how to assess after teaching with mentor texts. Rather than assessing on the book, I suggest assessing on the skill to see if they can apply it! This line of assessments is your answer! 🙂

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These assessments are included in printable (PDF) and digital formats (Google Forms with self-grading options).

***Because of standard R.9, the passages and articles in this set are paired.***

Fiction passages included, differentiated for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades:

Town Mouse and Country Mouse (adapted from Aesop’s Fables)

I Want to Be Big (written by Jivey)

The Miller and His Son (adapted from Aesop’s Fables)

The Cake (written by Jivey)

Belling the Cat (adapted from Aesop’s Fables)

The Plan (written by Jivey)

Nonfiction passages included, all written by Jivey, differentiated for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades:


Babe Ruth

Going West

The California Gold Rush

Creating a Government

Foundation of Government Documents

I have written four levels of each nonfiction passage, as well as three levels of questions for each standard. This is to allow for differentiation for your learners. For instance, if a student is reading on a 3rd grade level in 5th grade, you might still give him the 5th grade questions, but give the 3rd grade passage. This will truly assess if he can perform the skill, not if he can read the passage given.

Please look at the preview file to see the MANY POSSIBILITIES of ways to MIX AND MATCH these assessments!

I created questions for each standard for each passage. The questions are not numbered so that you can mix and match them to create a longer test covering the skills you desire, or use them independently. I included the short passages with their grade-level appropriate questions on one page*, but also on two separate pages so that you may still mix and match the passage levels and questions if you’d like.


You might also be interested in my Paired Texts! Paired texts meet the demand for more rigorous, complex texts with Common Core- especially these passages that students can use to compare and build knowledge to integrate information and draw conclusions.

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Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the ‘additional license’ purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

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