The Best Job in the World
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

I just might have the best job in the entire world. It’s certainly the job that best fits my passions and personality. I am an ethnomusicologist. It’s a fancy-sounding word with a simple meaning. Let’s break it down: “ethno” means “people,” “-ologist” means someone who studies something, and “music” – you already know what that means. In other words, I …

Origami Inspiration
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Origami is the ancient art of paper-folding. It begins with a single sheet of thin paper. By folding the paper, the origami artist turns the flat sheet into a three-dimensional sculpture. Popular origami figures include cranes, swans, butterflies, flowers, and stars. Recently, however, origami has become more than just a fun pastime. Scientists are now using this ancient art to …

Wakaliwood
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

You have probably heard of Hollywood, but have you heard of Wakaliwood? It is central Africa’s answer to the land of movie stars and blockbusters. In the poor neighborhood of Wakaliga, Uganda, a man named Isaac Nabwana makes movies with little more than creativity, ambition, and the help of his neighbors. That is why Nabwana’s neighborhood has earned the nickname …

The Human Camera
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Could you draw a picture of the street you live on from memory? How many details would you remember? Most of us do not have the ability to remember the tiny details of things we have seen. However, there are people who have this skill. They have photographic memories, which means that their memories are as accurate as a photograph. …

The Science of 3D Movies
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

The lights in the movie theater go down. A message appears on the screen that reminds you to put on your special glasses. Suddenly, the picture comes to life in three dimensions! Like magic, shapes and colors burst into the space between you and the screen. It is a wondrous experience. 3D movies may seem like cutting-edge technology, but you …

Silent Music
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

It must have seemed like a cruel twist of fate to Ludwig von Beethoven when, at the age of 28, he began to go deaf. Beethoven was known as the greatest composer of his day. His beautiful symphonies had brought him money and fame. His creativity and skill were at their height. Then the ringing in his ears began. Over …

Imaginary Languages
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

In the world of hobbies, I suppose mine is little strange. Some people play sports. Others make music, draw, or take photographs. I create imaginary languages. I’ve always been interested in words. Since the age of seven, I’ve kept a dictionary on the nightstand next to my bed. Other people read magazines, fantasy novels, or mysteries. Tonight I’ll be reading …

Daily Bread
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Gregg Segal is a photographer who is interested in the cultures of the world. Some photographers simply aim to capture a lovely scene or a unique face. But Segal wants to use his photos to tell a story. Segal’s most successful project to date is called Daily Bread. Daily Bread is a series of forty-three photos that show children from …