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Reading Fluency Selections
The Elementary, Middle & High School reading passages below are ordered numerically, based on difficulty. You can find an on screen timer here as well, which you can open in a new window, if you choose.

Stopwatch / Timer

Set a goal for the reading rate and accuracy you plan to reach.
Then practice and test with the selection until you reach your goal.
Then choose another selection and set a new goal.

*See additional notes about these selections at the bottom of this page.

Elementary Level (K-5)

Sentences 1

Sentences 2

At the Park


Maria Gets Better




The Dental Exam

Basketball Practice

The Birthday Party

A Generous Person


Autism Awareness

Making Pancakes

The SmartPhone

The Play

Waiting for Mom

Get Well Nick!

Shopping at Costco

Middle School Level (6-8)

Dr. Johnson Letter

Making Popcorn

No More Mowing

Family Traditions

The New Computer


The Amusement Park

The New Puppy

Parent Centers

Thinking About College

High School Level (9-12)

Rules of Ping Pong

The Trojan Horse

The Terribe Flight

Montgomery Bus Boycott

Census 2010

US History Study Guide

Child Abuse

Election Sample Ballot

Nelson Mandela

The Social Contract


Gas Saving Tips

Insurance Policy Terms

Affordable Care Act

The Bill of Rights

Problems & Solutions

Population Growth
Lesson Steps


Project Safety
Sexual Assault Guide

Common Sense
by Thomas Paine

Medal of Freedom

General First Aid
for All Seizure Types


Information Statement


Voters Bill of
Rights (California)

Special Education
Information for Parents

Supplemental Restraint
System (Airbags)


U.S. Passport

*Teachers & Parents: I have written or included these stories, letters & articles in a way that should serve the needs of the majority of your students. In a typical 4th Grade classroom, for example, the class may include emerging readers or English Learners (EL's) who may be reading two or more years below grade level. That class may also have students who are reading well above grade level.

The emerging readers should read for one minute, where the text is more accessible. Your readers at, or above grade level, should read for two minutes, and then divide the number of words read in the two minutes by 2 to get their words per minute average. In the second minute, these students are likely to encounter many more challenging words, both in decodability, and meaning. Teachers can also ask these students comprehension questions based on the content of the story.

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