Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Worksheets

 When you're looking for nonfiction reading comprehension worksheets on the Internet with which to challenge your high school or college students, you're often out of luck. You'll run into printables that are too easy, not difficult enough, not authoritative enough, or are just too expensive to purchase.

Here, please find a whole slew of nonfiction reading comprehension worksheets for those teachers who want to help increase their students' mastery of finding the main idea, determining author's purpose, making inferences, and more. They're also great for substitute lesson plans!

Even better? They're free. Enjoy!

teens sitting on bench using smartphones
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Copyright: From Escaping the Endless Adolescence by Joseph Allen and Claudia Worrell Allen. Copyright © 2009 by Joseph Allen and Claudia Worrell Allen.

Article Summary: Perry, a fifteen-year-old boy suffering from anorexia, sees a psychologist who attempts to get to the root of the boy's suffering.

Passage Word Count: 725

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions

Skills Assessed: finding the point of view, assessing author's purpose, identifying literary devices, understanding vocabulary in context, and fact-finding. More »

man stuffing food in his mouth
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Copyright: From "The End of Overeating" by David Kessler. Copyright © 2009 by David Kessler.

Article Summary: A reporter and his food industry liaison assess the refined foods people mindlessly consume as the reporter observes a woman eating a meal at a Chili's restaurant. 

Passage Word Count: 687

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions

Skills Assessed: making inferences, finding the main idea, fact-finding, and understanding vocabulary in context More »

pork rinds with label that reads "zero carbs"
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 Copyright: From Carbohydrate Craze by Dr. Rubina Gad. Copyright © 2008.

Article Summary: Dr. Rubina Gad decries the popular notion that carbohydrates have no part in a balanced, healthy diet. 

Passage Word Count: 525

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions

Skills Assessed: understanding vocabulary in context, paraphrasing, fact-finding, identifying the purpose of a portion of the passage, and making inferences. More »

minimalist design
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Copyright: VanEenoo, Cedric. "Minimalism in Art and Design: Concept, influences, implications and perspectives." Journal of Fine and Studio Art Vol. 2(1), pp. 7-12, June 2011. Available online http://www.academicjournals.org/jfsa ISSN 2141-6524 ©2011 Academic Journals

Article Summary: The author describes Minimalism as pure, plain and simple as it relates to art, sculpture, and music. 

Passage Word Count: 740

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions

Skills Assessed: understanding vocabulary in context, fact-finding, identifying the purpose of a portion of the passage, and making inferences. More »

Frederick Douglass
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Copyright: Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?: An Address Delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.” The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. (1852)

Article Summary: Frederick Douglass' speech which renounces the 4th of July as an affront to a slave. 

Passage Word Count: 2,053

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions

Skills Assessed: determining author's tone, finding the main idea, fact-finding, and determining author's purpose.  More »

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Sun Yat Sen
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 Copyright:  “The Art and Images of China,” ibiblio catalog, accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.ibiblio.org/catalog/items/show/4418.

Article Summary: A description of the early life and political aims of Sun Yat-sen, the first provisional president of the Republic of China.

Passage Word Count: 1,020

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions

Skills Assessed: fact-finding and making inferences. More »

Buddha overlooking trees
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Copyright: (c) Wells, H. G. A Short History of the World. New York: The Macmillan company, 1922; Bartleby.com, 2000. www.bartleby.com/86/.

Article Summary: H.G. Wells provides his version of the early days and start of Gautama Buddha. 

Passage Word Count: 1,307

Format: Passage of text followed by multiple choice questions and 1 short essay question

Skills Assessed: fact-finding, making summaries, understanding vocabulary in context, and making inferences. More »

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