A Rewarding Job
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Some people enter politics out a desire for wealth or fame, but I like to think that my motivations were a bit less selfish. I genuinely wanted to help my community. It began with the fight over the library. Due to budget cuts, the town council had voted to close the library on Thursdays and Fridays in order to save …

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 …

A Little Piece of Home
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

As a long-distance truck driver, I spend days at a time away from home. It can be difficult to be away from familiar surroundings, and in order to stay sane, one has to find ways of bringing the comforts of home to the road. For example, I always take my pillow with me so that no matter where I lay …

A Highly Unique Career
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

My career is highly unique. I use a specialized skill set that took me an entire lifetime to learn. I can earn thousands of dollars in a single day, and the tools of my trade can fit into a single briefcase. Am I a lawyer? A surgeon? A banker? None of the above. There are thousands of lawyers, surgeons, and …

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 …

The Game of Twenty Squares
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

In 1926, a British archaeologist named Leonard Woolley made an interesting discovery. Woolley was digging among the ruins of the ancient city of Ur. He uncovered the edge of a small piece of wood. It was decorated with pieces of a beautiful blue stone called lapis lazuli, as well as shell and red limestone. At first, Woolley was unsure of …

A Unique Solution to Traffic
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Jakarta, Indonesia is a city on the rise. As people relocate to the capital in search of better-paying jobs, the city’s population is steadily increasing. With this increase in population comes an increase in traffic. Cars, buses, motorbikes, and bicycles: all compete for space on the roads of Jakarta. This causes frequent traffic jams. However, the local government has been …

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. …

Training Daisy
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

The day had finally arrived. Skyler and Kenny waited expectantly by the door. They whispered to each other so as not to miss the sound of the car pulling into the driveway. They did not have to wait for long. They heard the familiar “thump, thump” of their father’s station wagon as it turned off the street and into the …