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Boost English Reading Comprehension & ESL Listening Skills

Improve your English reading skills & listening skills with this fun interactive quiz-based course & knowledge builder.
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STEPS English Programs
1,775 students enrolled
Improved English Reading Comprehension
Improved Reading Skills Toward a 7th Grade Level
Increased Academic Knowledge (Sciences, Arts & Humanities)
Improved Recall After Online Reading
Improved Vocabulary & Pronunciaion
Improved English Listening Skills
Improved Performance on Standardized Reading Tests

Improve your English reading skills, while getting a great education! STEPS English Programs is pleased to offer Udemy's first course in reading comprehension and academic knowledge building.

This fun interactive-quiz based course takes you step by step from 3rd grade level reading passages to 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade level texts. Hundreds of interesting passages in the Sciences, Arts, & Humanities are included.

You will improve your reading comprehension skills, while also increasing your knowledge of history, astronomy, inventions, famous people, nature & animals, sports, health, art, foreign cultures, technology, and more!

The course has three types of quizzes:

1) Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension Quizzes

2) Video Reading Passage Quizzes (Improve Listening Skills Too!)

3) True & False Review Quizzes – Test Your Memory

Three Reading Passage Lengths

The reading comprehension passages come in three lengths: 100, 250, and 500 words. Not too long. Not too short. These reading passages are the perfect length to improve online reading comprehension.

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Who will benefit from this course?

All students can benefit from taking the STEPS Reading Comprehension Tests Program, including Primary School & High School students, Home school students, and ESL students.

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How Long Does the Course Take to Complete?

Completion time will vary. We do not suggest that students speed though the course, spending hours at a time working through the passages and quizzes.

We suggest that students do only 1 or 2 reading quizzes and one video reading quiz a day. At this speed, students can expect to complete the course in 33-48 days.

On completion of the course, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion from Udemy.

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So, let's get started!

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How to Get the Most Out of This English Reading Program

In this teacher's guide to the STEPS reading comprehension tests program, you will find student activity suggestions and learn how to organize an entire semester-long course around the program.

STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: Gorillas, Figure Skates & More

Get started with 10 reading comprehension passages, where you will read about Koko the gorilla, how to deal with stress, renting Disneyland, figure skates, and more!

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Video Reading Passages: China, Germs, Fashion & More

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about swimming babies, Chinese history, 18th century fashion, germs & viruses, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Walking, Jumping Rope & More

In this set of 10 reading passages, you'll read about a famous ice-skating champion, how fast people walk, the art of jumping rope, and more!

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Video Reading Passagess: Safe Bike Riding, Insects & More

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about the color of the stars, safe bicycle riding, bugs & insects, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Anne Frank, Whales & More

In this collection of 10 reading comprehension passages, you'll read about whales, Anne Frank, how to wash your hands properly, why geese fly in a V, the invention of the roller coaster, and more!

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Video Reading Passages: Moths, Sierre Leone & More

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about the life of moths, eating meals in Sierra Leone, animals in movies, and more.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension review quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 100 word passages that you have just read.

STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: A Bombay Fable & More

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland, a Bombay fable, ants, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Fisherman, Ear Wax & More

In this quiz activity of two reading passages, you will listen and read all about the waxy stuff in your ears and what fishermen do after they catch a fish.

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English Reading Practice Test: Dairy Farms, Wells & More

In this collection of five reading comprehension passages, you will read about life on a dairy farm, a fable about greedy sons, how water wells are drilled, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Sailors, Dogs, Flutes & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages you will listen and read about the life of sailors, popular expressions with the word dog, and all about flutes.

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English Reading Practice Test: Earthquakes, Puppets & More

In this collection of seven comprehension passages, you will read about puppets, iguanas, frogs, a historic earthquake, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Weird State Laws & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about nicknames, state laws, popular expressions with numbers, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Glass, Television & More

In this collection of eight reading comprehension passages, you will read about dog expressions, the history of the television, a glass museum, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Shorebirds, Clouds & More

In this quiz activity of four reading passages, you will listen and read about fraternal groups, clouds, eco-friendly cars, and shorebirds.

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English Reading Practice Test: Houdini, Helen Keller & More

In this collection of eight reading comprehension passages, you will read about the famous magician Harry Houdini, the amazing author Helen Keller, building a house for pet rabbits, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Goats, Gold, Laughter & More

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about keeping goats, gold history, laughter & good health, feelings of love, and more.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz: True & False

In this reading comprehension review quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on 250 word passages that you completed.

STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 500 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: The Game of Chess

In this pair of reading comprehension passages, you'll read about the Native-American legend of the giant turtles and facts about the game of chess. Remember that with the 500 word passages, each passage is followed by four quiz questions.

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Video Reading Passage: Geological Earth Facts

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about some interesting geological facts about the Earth.

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English Reading Practice Test: Playing Checkers, Tibet & More

In this collection of three reading comprehension passages, you read a tale from Tibet, activities for children, and facts about playing checkers.

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Video Reading Passages: Human & Animal Hair

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read all about hair growth on animals and people. How many hairs are on your head? You'll find out here!

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English Reading Practice Test: Planets, Rabies, & More

In this collection of three reading comprehension passages, you will read about the planets Mars and Saturn, a flood story, and a boy who got rabies.

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Video Reading Passages: The Wizard of Oz & More

In this quiz activity of two 500 word reading passages, you will listen and read about Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and the importance of childhood reading..

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English Reading Practice Test: Chopsticks, Math & More

In this collection of reading comprehension passages, you will read about a math game that you can play while on a road trip, tips for English learners, and how to use chopsticks.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension reviews quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 500 word passages that you just completed.

STEP 4 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: Architects, Health & More

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about what architects do, healthy eating, safe bike riding, Thomas Edison & the invention of the light bulb, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Igloos, Knights, Dogs & More

In this quiz activity of six reading passages, you will listen and read about igloos, wishing wells, knights, cheerleading, dogs that assist the deaf, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Honey, Puberty & More

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the Grand Canyon, Abraham Lincoln, the making of honey, what happens during puberty, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Tennis Racquets, Boot Camp & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about the Washington Monument, tennis racquets, life in boot camp, landscape architects, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Rosa Parks, Genes & More

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about civil rights leader Rosa Parks, the work of city planners, what genes are, the writing of a business plan, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Sunburn, Moraccan Food & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about sunburns, stars, the historic town of Tombstone, a tasty food from Morocco, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Paper Making, Gardens & More

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about paper making, time capsules, the Mayflower, the invention of the Ferris wheel, gardening, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Pearl Divers, Real Estate & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about pearl divers, goldfish, a historic fire in London, the work of real estate agents, and more.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension review quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on 250 word passages that you completed.

STEP 4 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: April Fool's Day & More

In this collection of six reading comprehension passages, you will read about the author of the famous children's story Heidi, life on a Thai farm, April Fool's Day, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Growing Cacti, Charity & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about growing cacti, a popular type of restaurant, helping people in need, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Cheese, Exercise & More

In the following collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about gardening, fruits, milk & cheese, a new type of exercise, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Spiders, Clay Making & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about spiders, the clay arts, and ways that food is stored safely.

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English Reading Practice Test: Robots, Crocodiles & More

In this collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about paper manufacturing, NASA robots, crocodiles, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Pumpkins, Ladybugs & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about pumpkins, why farmers like ladybugs, and how one young person learned to love vegetables!

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English Reading Practice Test: Violins, Fireflies & More

In this collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about violins, lightning bolts, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Computer Hackers & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about insects and plant nectar, soft drinks and your health, and the work of computer hackers.

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English Reading Practice Test: Smoking Cigarettes & More

In this collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about cigarettes & smoking, the history of "Uncle Sam," some amazing insects, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Wearing Braces, Heredity & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about braces & orthodontists, heredity, and the meaning & history of the expression "fall guy".

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 250 word passages that you just completed.

STEP 4 English Reading: 500 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Reading Difficulty)

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English Reading Practice Test: Talking to Kids & More

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the home of Abraham Lincoln, a stranded man who needs to be rescued, and how to talk with children.

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Video Reading Passages: A South Pacific Legend

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about an ancient South Pacific legend involving two birds.

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English Reading Practice Test: Beaches, Paul Bunyan & More

In this collection of 3 reading passages, you will read about our beaches, the story of Paul Bunyan, and some people who played funny jokes on each other.

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Video Reading Passages: Fun Educational Games

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about some educational games that are fun to play in the classroom or at home.

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English Reading Practice Test: Socrates, Fables & More

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the Greek philosopher Socrates, English education, and a fable about a cloud.

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Video Reading Passages: All About the Heart

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about the heart: what it is, what it does, what people thought it did (but were wrong), and warning signs of a heart attack.

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English Reading Practice Test: Galaxies, Quasars & More

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about some different kinds of animals; stars, galaxies, and quasars; and fun games that children can play.

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Video Reading Passages: Bamboo. Grass Sayings & More

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about bamboo and the grass family of plants. You'll also learn a few popular English expressions with the word "grass" in them.

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English Reading Practice Test: The Solar System & More

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the history of domestic cats, our solar system, and school life in the 1950s.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 500 word passages that you just completed.

STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: Cell Phones, Acne & More

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about stars and the Milky Way, the invention of the cell phone, myths about acne, the humps on camels, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Natural Gas, Martial Arts & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about natural gas, martial arts, web designers, peanut allergies, and more.

3
English Reading Practice Test: Coal, Fleas, Protein & More

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about the life of a flea, the importance of protein, where coal comes from, the sport of figure skating, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Electricity, Archeology & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will read listen and read about static electricity, farming in America, archeology, sugar in our food, and more.

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Reading Comprehension: Picasso, Longfellow & More

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about ping-pong in China, how wind is created, the artist Picasso, the poet Longfellow and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Campfires, Garbage & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about building campfires, garbage dumps, car pollution, parts of the eye, the yo-yo, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Firefighters, Lightning & More

In this collection of 15 reading comprehension passages, you will read about some unique musicians in London, the work of firefighters, different kinds of lightning, how to take care of a sunburn, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Inventions, Geometry & More

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about geometry, creating new inventions, launching a new business, a young judo champ, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Bears, Tooth Decay & More

In this collection of fourteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about tooth decay, Vitamin C, the Eiffel Tower, American coins, the largest bear on earth, and more.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 100 word passages that you just completed.

STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: Transplants, Vitamins & More

In this collection of five reading comprehension passages, you will read about the science of genetics, face transplants, the taking of vitamins, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Matisse, Painting, Comets & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about comets in space, the early life a famous American President, and the French painter Matisse.

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English Reading Practice Test: Hanukkah, Weddings & More

In this collection of five reading comprehension passages, you will read about the planning a wedding, a young George Washington, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Glaciers, Solar Eclipses & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about important birthdays, glaciers, shadows, and solar eclipses.

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English Reading Practice Test: Pet IDs, Black Holes & More

In this collection of six reading comprehension passages, you will read about pet identification tags, chromosomes, black holes, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Diapers, Oil Spils, Ducks & More

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about diapers, ducks affected by oil spills, and the increasing popularity of tutoring.

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English Reading Practice Test: Physics, Websites & More

In this collection of six reading comprehension passages, you will read about the work of webmasters, popular "water" expressions, the physics of force, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Belgium, Marco Polo & More

In this activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about life in Belgium, the explorer Marco Polo, and the chemistry behind cleaning things with soap and water.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 250 word passages that you just completed.

STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 500 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)

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English Reading Practice Test: New Zealand, Food & More

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read about New Zealand, food & clothes during the Middle Ages, ancient castles, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Blacksmiths, John Deere & More

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about the famous blacksmith and farm equipment builder John Deere.

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English Reading Practice Test: Snow, Minnesota & More

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read all about snow, the state of Minnesota, the cooking of eggs, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Abraham Lincoln & More

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will be reading about the mother and early family life of President Abraham Lincoln.

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English Reading Practice Test: Energy, Disasters & More

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read about energy use in the home, natural disasters, expressions with the word nose, and more

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Video Reading Passages: Earthquake Legends Worldwide

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about earthquake legends from around the world.

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English Reading Practice Test: Earth's Neighbors & More

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read about the history of vitamins, colorful language, Earth's neighbors, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Global Warming, Rainbows & More

In this quiz activity of two 500 word reading passages, you will listen and read about global warming and rainbows in mythology.

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English Reading Practice Test: Authors, the U.S Flag & More

In this collection of reading comprehension passages, you will read about American President Theodore Roosevelt, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, the U.S. flag, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Native Americans & More

In this quiz activity of two 500 word reading passages, you will listen and read about the early U.S. settlers and the Native Americans, as well as the life of movie star Marilyn Monroe.

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English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 500 word passages that you just completed.

STEP 6 English Reading: 100 Word Passages (6th – 7th Grade Reading Difficulty)

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English Reading Practice Test: Hot Air Balloons & More

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about hot air balloons, grapefruits, asthma, the ozone layer, conservation, and more.

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Video Reading Passages: Ramadan, Entrepreneurs & More

In this quiz activity of ten reading passages, you will listen and read about maps, Ramadan, sheep shearing, economists, skateboarding, successful marketing, being an entrepreneur, and more.

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English Reading Practice Test: Recycling, Nutrition & More

In this collection of eighteen reading passages, you will read about the author Robert Louis Stevenson, archeologists, recycling, good nutrition, sea turtles, solar energy, and more.

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