Do you want to include paired texts and paired passage practice in your reading instruction all year instead of waiting the month before state testing? This post will share free paired passages posters, graphic organizers, and a question guide (in both print and digital format) that will help you teach paired texts all year and embed them into your existing instruction.
About the Paired Passage Resources
This FREE set of resources includes printable and digital posters, graphic organizers, and questions that can work with paired passages of all kinds.
You can use these resources to pair passages or articles with read alouds, guided reading books, or even reading textbook stories that you are already using.
The resources included in this set can be used for whole group instruction, guided practice, independent practice, small group reading groups, assessments, and even reading centers and stations.
Paired Passage Posters:
Included in this free resource are posters to help you introduce and teach paired passages to your students. You can use the posters while you introduce, teach, and model paired texts in a whole group or small group setting.
- What Paired Passages Are
- Different Types of Paired Passages
- READ Strategy
- Paired Passages Reminders
- Four posters with close reading procedures for:
- Informational Passages
- Fiction Passages
- Fiction & Informational Passage
- Answering Text Dependent Questions
Digital versions of the posters are also included.
Graphic Organizers for Paired Passages:
Using graphic organizers are a great way to get students to work with and analyze paired passages and texts. This free resource includes seven types of graphic organizers. These are designed to work with a variety of pairings.
- Comparing Story Elements
- Common Themes – comparing how two passages approach a common theme
- Same Event, Different Point of View – comparing point of view
- Same Event, Different Accounts – comparing different accounts of the same event
- Same Topic, Different Text Structure – comparing text structures
- Author’s Purpose – comparing author’s purpose (good for fiction vs. nonfiction)
- PLUS – 5 extra generic comparing and contrasting organizers
Just like the posters, the graphic organizers are available in printable and digital versions. You can choose to print a graphic organizer for students to physically write their responses or have them type their responses in the provided text boxes on the Google Slides.
You could even provide students the opportunity to choose how they want to complete their organizers. Some students really benefit from writing it out by hand while others find the digital version to be a better fit for them.
Paired Passages Questions:
When working with paired texts and passages, I recommend using the same or similar language that you know your students will see when they are answering paired passage questions. This will help prepare them to answer questions on state assessments. To help, I have a list of questions for a variety of pairings.
These questions are organized by pairing and are easy to tweak based on the texts or the needs of your students. They can just be used to guide your discussions or students can answer them independently for constructed response practice.
- Read-alouds on same person, topic or event
- One fiction & one nonfiction read aloud on similar topics
- Social studies text with historical fiction read-alouds
- Two non-fiction read-alouds about similar animals
- Read-alouds with similar characters, setting, or plots
- Read-alouds with similar themes
- Read-alouds with differing points of view
The digital set of paired passage questions comes in 3 versions to help best meet your needs in your classroom.
- Version 1: List of all essential questions on one slide
- Version 2: Editable question with student response text box
- Version 3: One question per slide for displaying to whole class
Get the FREE Paired Passage Resources!
To grab the free paired passages resources, simply click here or on the image below. In the download, you will find a PDF containing the black and white printable versions. Digital access links for each resource are located on pages 4-12 of the PDF.
Need Paired Passages for Grades 4-5?
If you need paired passages that are ready to go and work with the free resources in this post, check out these resources.