ALL [DIGITAL] Grades 4-6 Paired Texts Passages Bundle – Updates For Life!



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Paired passages, or 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. The digital passages in this bundle are great to stretch your 4th and 5th graders, and still appropriate for many students in middle school as well.


In this bundle, you will receive all digital sets of upper grades paired texts with high-interest informational passages that you won’t find in your textbook! Whenever new digital paired text sets are created, they will be added to this bundle (updates for life!) and all you’ll need to do is download the revised file. Each time a set of texts is added, the price will go up, so buying it now will earn you free passages later!

The assessments are provided in Google FORMS. The multiple choice options will be shuffled for each student, and the items will be automatically scored.

The passages are provided in Google SLIDES and can be annotated by adding text boxes. Students could use lines to underline or draw arrows with the line tool. I have also inserted a “highlight box” on the title of each passage. Show students how to select the box, then copy and paste it to use for highlighting purposes in the text. They can resize the box by dragging the corners to highlight only what they need.

You could allow the students to use their annotated passages for their assessments by having them share the screen (or “split screen”) for both files. I have also included the passages at the top of the assessments.


**I am working on creating additional levels of all of my sets. The file will be revised when additional levels are added!**

At this time, these are the sets included with three pairs of texts, two levels of each:

Bats, Owls, and Spiders Paired Texts

Natural Disasters Paired Texts

Mysteries of the Deep Paired Texts

Winter and Snow Paired Texts

These sets have three pairs of texts, given on one level:

Celebrations Around the World Paired Texts

Economics Paired Texts

American Revolution Paired Texts

Abolitionists Paired Texts

February and March Paired Texts

Titanic Paired Texts

Westward Expansion Paired Texts

Native Americans Paired Texts

These sets have one pair of texts on one level:

Giraffes and Zoos Paired Texts

Epidemics and Germs Paired Texts


In my 4th grade classroom, I use each of the texts for close reading and annotating lessons- this helps ensure the students fully comprehend the texts before having to answer questions about both texts together. Click here to see a blog post showing how I model purposeful annotating! My students use their annotated texts to answer the questions. Since the texts are in the “stretch” range for 4th and 5th, I don’t give these texts as cold reads, but if you have students reading on a 6th-8th grade level, you definitely could! If your students have not been exposed to paired text questions, you may want to walk them through some examples before you ever take a grade.

Check out this product- a freebie digital paired text set about epidemics and germs!


Do you have a paired text topic idea? Submit it here!


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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