7th Grade Reading: Informational Text

For seventh graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the deeper tasks involved in reading a non-fiction text. No matter what they are reading, the standards require students to increase the complexity in the texts they read and deepen their understanding of the connections within and between texts. Among the complete standards for this grade, seventh graders will be asked to: support a textual analysis with multiple direct citations and textual inferences, analyze the structure that authors use within a text to convey meaning, understand how an author has structured their writing to distinguish their meaning and analysis from other texts on the same subject, begin to analyze how stories change when presented in audio, video or multimedia versions of the text, read text appropriate to grade level while increasing in the level of text complexity throughout the year.

Active and Passive Transport

Week 5 Reading Comprehension (E-5). This reading segment describes how a membrane allows things to move in and out of the cell. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Bartering for Basics

Week 6 Reading Comprehension (E-6). A passage about early Native American Indian groups and how they bartered for goods. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Customs and Traditions

Week 3 Reading Comprehension (E-3). Reading passage and questions about the customs and traditions of native American Indian groups in rth America Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Drawing a Conclusion

This worksheet on drawing conclusions will take your student into the realm of fantasy.

Main Idea Organizer

Teach your students how to organize their writing with this helpful Main Idea Organizer. Students will be asked to complete the worksheet by writing their own main idea, three details, and a summary. This will help your students better understand how to organize their ideas for writing in the future, especially when writing an essay!

Understanding the Author’s Language: Across the Plains

Sometimes it is difficult to know what the author means when you read his writing. Figurative language can be hard to understand. Here is a free worksheet with an excerpt fom Across the Plains to print out. After your students read it, they will answer questions on what the author meant when he said certain things.

Water Cycle

Week 25 Reading Comprehension (E-25). A reading passage about water’s three different forms or states: solid, liquid, gas. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

What’s in Your Cells?

Week 2 Reading Comprehension (E-2). This passage describes how living things are made up of cells, and cells have specific structure Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Biography of Abraham Lincoln

Your student can read about the life of Abraham Lincoln and write a short summary in this worksheet.

Coyote: the Survivor of North America

Your student will read a short informational passage about the coyote and then practice finding supporting evidence.

Draw a Conclusion: Visual Details

Your student will use visual clues to make inferences about a group of pictures in this worksheet.


Your student will determine the contextual meaning of words in this informative passage about earthquakes.

Grand Canyon

Your student will learn about the Grand Canyon and determine the meanings of words in the passage.

Inference Practice 2: Where Am I?

Here’s some inference practice for your middle school student.

Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Staying organized can be difficult, especially when you are trying to keep your writing and ideas well organized. With this printable Main Idea Graphic Organizer, students can keep their thoughts and ideas organized and separated based on their order of importance.

Susan B. Anthony and the Right to Vote

Susan B. Anthony was very important in women’s right to vote. Here is a exercise for students to read and then answer related questions.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

In this worksheet, your student will be asked to analyze the influence of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Americans.