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Reading Fluency Selections

The Elementary, Middle, High School, and Presidential Biography reading passages below are ordered numerically, based on difficulty. You can use the on-screen timer here as well, which you can open in a new window, if you choose.

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.



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Elementary Level (K-5)

(1)
Sight Words
& Sentences

(2)
Some
Sentences

(3)
At the Park


(4)
Ants


(5)
Maria Gets Better


(6)
Dinosaurs

(7)
Dogs

(8)
Water

(9)
The Dental Exam

(10)
Basketball Practice

(11)
The Birthday Party

(12)
A Generous Person

(13)
Animals

(14)
Autism Awareness

(15)
Making Pancakes

(16)
The SmartPhone

(17)
The Play

(18)
Waiting for Mom

(19)
Get Well Nick!

More Elementary
Fluency

Middle School Level (6-8)

(21)
Dr. Johnson
Letter

(22)
Making
Popcorn

(23)
No More
Mowing

(24)
Family
Traditions

(25)
The New
Computer

(26)
Earthquakes


(27)
The Amusement
Park

(28)
The
New Puppy

(29)
Parent
Centers

More Middle
School Fluency


High School Level (9-12)

(31)
Rules of
Ping Pong

(32)
The Trojan
Horse

(33)
The Terrible
Flight

(34)
Montgomery
Bus Boycott

(35)
Census
2010

(36)
US History
Study Guide

(37)
Child
Abuse

(38)
Election
Sample Ballot

(39)
Nelson
Mandela

(40)
The
Social Contract

(41)
NBA
MVP

(42)
Gas Saving
Tips

(43)
Insurance
Policy Terms

(44)
Affordable
Care Act

(45)
The Bill
of Rights


(46)
Transportation
Problems &
Solutions


(47)
Population
Growth
Lesson Steps


(48)
Post
Civil War
Reconstruction


(49)
Project Safety
Sexual Assault
Guide


(50)
Common
Sense
by Thomas Paine


(51)
Presidential
Medal of
Freedom


(52)
General First Aid
for All Seizure Types


(53)
Computer
Science



(54)
Vaccine
Information Statement


(55)
Traffic
Violation



(56)
Voters Bill of
Rights (California)


(57)
Special Education
Information for Parents


(58)
Supplemental Restraint
System (Airbags)


(59)
Professional
Résumé



(60)
U.S.
Passport
Guide


(61)
Physical Therapist
Position
Opening


(62)
Workplace
Discrimination




(63)
JFK
Inauguration
Speech



(64)
Social
Security
Number



(65)
College Acceptance
Letter



(66)
Earthquake
Safety


(67)
Pride and
Prejudice


(68)
Frankenstein



(69)
Adventures of
Sherlock Holmes


More High
School Fluency


Brief Presidential Biographies (6-12)


(01)
George
Washington


(02)
John
Adams


(03)
Thomas
Jefferson


(16)
Abraham
Lincoln


More Brief
Presidential
Biographies



*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.

Excerpts from novels are taken solely from published works whose copyrights have expired (75 years in the U.S.), and are now available as public domain documents. These works are freely available in many locations on the Internet, including Project Gutenberg.




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