The Sign Language Class
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

I entered the classroom and saw that the professor was already seated behind her desk at the front of the room. A message on the chalkboard read, “Welcome to Sign Language 101! Please take a handout and begin reading.” I followed its instructions as the rest of my classmates filed into the room. At the start of class, the professor …

Extraordinary People
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

It’s often said that humans use only ten percent of their brainpower at any given time. This is meant to suggest that if we could only harness the true power of our brains, we could think ten times more quickly, brilliantly, or creatively. The truth, however, is that humans use much more than ten percent of our brains. Our brains …

Struggling to Speak
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

I have a disorder that most people misunderstand. I stutter, which means that I have trouble speaking. I get stuck on certain words, repeating them several times. Even though my problem is shared by around 70 million people worldwide, it is still widely misunderstood. People often think that because I stutter, I must be feeling nervous or anxious. The truth …

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 …