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Short Read Resources

Grade Specific Resources

Fifth Grade Metacognative Strategies
Fifth grade resource site for improving reading comprehension using metacognitive strategies.

K-8 Reading Instruction Resources
Reading instruction resources grades K-8.


Reading Like a Historian
The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.

New York Times

New York Times Room for Debate
Search by topic for text sets presenting multiple opinions.

Time for Kids

North Carolina State University


National Geographic Explorer

Although the three National Geographic Explorer links below are normally a subscription magazine, you can access all issues in the “more issues” section.  You can also print by right clicking on the article. (You may have to save first.)  You can also view the articles on your Smart Board.  Use the speaker icon to listen to the text.

  1. National Geographic Young Explorers: K-1
  2. National Geographic Explorers: Age 6 and up
  3. National Geographic Extreme Explorer: Middle School

Do you have a Stanislaus County Library card?

Go to:  The Stanislaus Library


  1. Log on to the Stanislaus County Library.
  2. On the left column of the webpage, click on Research.
  3. A dropdown menu will appear. Click on Databases.
  4. Scroll down and look at the opportunities! Useful databases include Kids InfoBits (articles on many topics for kids), General OneFile (articles on many topics), and Opposing Viewpoints (articles on contemporary, relevant topics from all perspectives).
  5. Click on the database of your choice.
  6. Enter your library card number (on the back, under the barcode).

Explore the possiblities!

Teacher Created

Kelly Gallagher
Short reads provided by a classroom teacher.

Teachers Pay Teachers

The Washington Post - TweenTribune

The daily news site for kids—where you'll find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news. Stories are selected by professional journalists working closely with tweens and teachers. Tweens can post comments, with all comments moderated by their teachers before they are published.

Teachers can sign up with TweenTribune and get lots of articles and lesson plans all for free for their specific grade level.

Short Passages for Analysis

About.com, Grammar and Composition
This site has numerous very short passages that illustrate various rhetorical strategies. Great sources for junior high and especially high school teachers to use for close reading practice.