Free printable reading comprehension worksheets and quizzes. Includes biographies and informational texts exploring diverse cultures. Print the 1-page reading passages for offline use or test comprehension with the online interactive quizzes.

5th Grade and Higher Reading Comprehension

Informational Text
What Is Climate Change?
  Climate or Weather?
  Global Warming
  How Is Climate Change Measured?
  Animals and Climate Change
  Oceans and Climate Change
What Is the Underground Railroad?
The Underground Railroad was not an actual railroad. It was a secret network of people who helped African Americans escape slavery. Read more.
The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern, the Zodiac, with each year named after an animal. Read more.
Extinct Turtle Found
A tortoise species, Chelonoidis Phantasticus, thought to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago, has been discovered in the Galapagos. Read more.
The Medals of Eternal Friendship
Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe competed in the 1936 Berlin Games. An American won the gold medal, but the Japanese teammates tied for second place. Read more.
The Story Behind the Poem "In Flanders Fields"
In Flanders Fields is one of the most famous war poems. Read more.
Did Columbus Know the Earth was Round?
Many stories about Christopher Columbus say that he set out on his voyage to prove that the earth was round. Read more.
What Is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Read more.
What Is a Suffragette?
The Constitution of the United States did not give women the right to vote until 1920. Read more.
What Is Diwali?
Diwali is a popular holiday celebrated by Hindu people around the world. In India, it is the biggest holiday of the year. Read more.
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the holiest time of the year in the Islamic religion. It is observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world. Read more.
What Is the Hajj?
The Hajj is a pilgrimage (religious journey) to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Read more.
What Is Holi?
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a fun Hindu celebration to mark the beginning of spring and to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Read more.
What Is Rosh Hashanah? What Is Yom Kippur?
Rosh Hashanah is the start of Jewish New Year. Read more.
What Is Passover?
Passover is an important holiday celebrated by Jewish people around the world. It is a joyful holiday that celebrates the freedom of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt. Read more.

Who Is Susan B. Anthony?
Susan B. Anthony was a women's rights leader in the late 1800's. She helped lead the way to voting rights for women. Read more.

Who Is Mae Jemison?
Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to enter space. Read more.

Who Is Frederick Douglass?
Frederick Douglass, who lived from 1818 to 1895, is often called the father of the abolitionist movement. Read more.

Who Is Cesar Chavez?
Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American leader who worked all his life to help farm workers get better wages and safer working conditions. Read more.

Who Is Willie O'Ree?
Willie O’Ree was not a popular player on the ice. Because there were no other black athletes in the National Hockey League, he was faced with discrimination every day. Read more.

Who Is Sojourner Truth?
Sojourner Truth is thought to be one of the great activists, speakers, and thinkers in US history. Read more.

Who Is Benjamin Banneker?
Banneker was one of the first African Americans to make important discoveries in science. Read more.

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
Ever since Jackie Mitchell was a child living in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1920's, she loved baseball. Read more.

Martin Luther King Jr.
A collection of reading passages:
The Early Years
Martin Luther King's Family
The March on Washington
MLK Wins the Nobel Peace Prize
His Final Day
Martin Luther King Day

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