There are several activities that middle school students participate in that have been shown to improve their ability to comprehend what they read. The most important thing to remember is that you get better at anything by consistently performing it regularly. The more you do anything, the better you get at it. Before you attempt to improve your skills, it is important to understand where you stand. You can evaluate this by taking a quick leveled reading test. Some students often feel that if they can read aloud well, they will be good readers. Just because you can say something does not mean that you understand it. Research has shown us that students that struggle with reading comprehension can often be good decoders yet not really grasp what is coming in. Middle school is age where readers either get more motivated, taking their comprehension new levels; or they feel reading becomes a job. Use the worksheets below to start to invigorate your learners. Reading should be not only a skill, but one that you enjoy using to learn more about everything. There are five sheets for each separate reading passage, so be sure to print them all (we have numbered them to help out). Answer keys have also been provided for instructors.
Nationally, over two-thirds of middle school students are reading below their grade level. A healthy dose of these worksheets, regularly, should help get your students back on track. These reading worksheets are broken into three parts. The first page is the reading passage. The second page is a series of multiple-choice questions which is followed by the third page which are free response questions based on the same passage. Please realize that some of the questions on page three are open response and can have countless possible answers. You will see those answers labelled as answer may vary.