Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Middle School

A collection of fiction and non-fiction passages written for middle school students in students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  These printable article and stories have comprehension questions to check students' reading comprehension skills.

Most of the worksheets on this page align with the Common Core Standards. To see CCSS connections, simply click the common core icon Common Core.

Non-Fiction
This article will teach students about the red kangaroo. Measuring 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, it is the world's largest marsupial.
6th Grade
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Learn about the many jobs carrier pigeons perform. These working birds can serve as mailmen, lifeguards, scientist helpers, and even military spies.
6th Grade
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Learn all about the fascinating poison dart frog. The Columbian poison dart frog is one of the most toxic species on earth, but did you know poison dart frogs may have the ability to help humans?
6th Grade
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Did you know that sea turtles have been around since the time of the dinosaurs? Learn all about the fascinating world of sea turtles. Discover the names of the seven sea turtle species, learn about the obstacles baby sea turtles face when they hatch, and find out the dangers sea turtles face today.
6th Grade
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A scientific article about atoms, the building blocks for molecules and everything that's made of matter
4th and 5th Grades
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Learn about the terrestrial inner planets of our solar system.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Learn about the gas giants that can be found beyond the asteroid belt.
3rd through 5th Grades
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This article explores the unique symbols on the U.S. one-dollar bill.
6th Grade
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The rhinoceros beetle is the world's strongest animal, relative to its size. It can lift 850 times its own weight!
6th Grade
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Learn about the complex society of a leaf cutter ant colony. Each colony has a queen, males, soldiers, farmer ants, and even trash collector ants.
6th Grade
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An article describing how the human body's immune system works
5th Grade
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Do you know the difference between a beaver dam and a beaver lodge? The author of this article answers all kinds of frequently asked questions about beavers, including where they live, how much they weigh, and how long they can stay underwater.
6th Grade
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Poems
The person in this poem is worrying about the shadows on the walls and can not fall asleep.
6th Grade
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In this poem, the main character experiences a falling sensation as she drifts off to sleep.
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