Ransomware
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

The Internet is a powerful tool, but like any powerful tool, it can be dangerous if used carelessly. The latest threat to sweep across the online world is called ransomware. Ransomware is a combination of two words: ransom, which refers to money given to a kidnapper, and software, which refers to a computer program. Ransomware is a computer virus that …

Mobile Money
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

In the United States, 93% of adults have to a bank account. But in poorer countries, many people do not have access to banks. In fact, over two billion people across the globe do not have a bank account. Life without banks can be difficult. Instead of being paid with a check or a transfer of money directly to their …

A Bright Idea
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Most of us don’t have to worry very much about the safety of our water. We turn on the faucet and, like magic, out flows clean pure water. But what if you find yourself far from the comforts of home? For example, you might be camping in the woods. Or you may be traveling in a country that lacks clean …

A High-Tech Scavenger Hunt
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

As the entertainment technology in our homes becomes more advanced, there are fewer reasons than ever to leave the house and enjoy nature. In general, the games on our phones, computers, and televisions keep us glued to the couch. However, there is an exception to this rule. It is called geocaching, and it is a fun activity that mixes technology …