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Please note: FluencyFinder narrative passages are original material. Fables and Myths are drawn from various original sources. The informational passages have been researched for factual material and then written for grade reading level. Literary passages are exact excerpts from original texts currently in the public domain, with occasional minor editorial changes to allow for word count and grade reading level requirements.

1st Grade Reading Level Passages

Frogs and Toads — Informational

Word Count: 217
Flesch Reading Ease: 96.3
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.7

Looking for Shells — Narrative

Word Count: 217
Flesch Reading Ease: 98.6
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.3

Seasons — Informational

Word Count: 182
Flesch Reading Ease: 94.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.7

The Ant and the Dove — Fable

Word Count: 175
Flesch Reading Ease: 97.1
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.9

The Ball — Narrative

Word Count: 192
Flesch Reading Ease: 100
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.2

The Fox and The Grapes — Fable

Word Count: 186
Flesch Reading Ease: 100
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.5

2nd Grade Reading Level Passages

The Big Catch — Narrative

Word Count: 226
Flesch Reading Ease: 95.3
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.2

The Dog and His Reflection — Fable

Word Count: 147
Flesch Reading Ease: 93.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.9

The Lion and The Mouse — Fable

Word Count: 206
Flesch Reading Ease: 93.3
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.6

The Pilgrims — Informational

Word Count: 170
Flesch Reading Ease: 87.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.9

The Stingray — Narrative

Word Count: 190
Flesch Reading Ease: 96.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.4

Whales — Informational

Word Count: 228
Flesch Reading Ease: 91.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.3

3rd Grade Reading Level Passages

An Extraordinary Dog — Narrative

Word Count: 261
Flesch Reading Ease: 88.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.4

Bats — Informational

Word Count: 203
Flesch Reading Ease: 90.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.5

Clouds — Informational

Word Count: 306
Flesch Reading Ease: 88.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.6

The Ant and The Grasshopper — Fable

Word Count: 225
Flesch Reading Ease: 84.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.8

The Hare and the Tortoise — Fable

Word Count: 342
Flesch Reading Ease: 92.9
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.2

The Puppy — Narrative

Word Count: 250
Flesch Reading Ease: 89.1
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.9

4th Grade Reading Level Passages

A Day in The Sky — Narrative

Word Count: 189
Flesch Reading Ease: 83.1
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.7

Bundle of Sticks — Fable

Word Count: 185
Flesch Reading Ease: 86.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.5

Lightning — Informational

Word Count: 145
Flesch Reading Ease: 81.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.2

Owls — Informational

Word Count: 208
Flesch Reading Ease: 80.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.0

The Hares and the Frogs — Fable

Word Count: 213
Flesch Reading Ease: 87
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.5

The Soccer Tryout — Narrative

Word Count: 356
Flesch Reading Ease: 86.6
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.4

5th Grade Reading Level Passages

A Dinner from India — Narrative

Word Count: 336
Flesch Reading Ease: 76.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.4

A Horse Called Sun-Singer — Narrative

Word Count: 278
Flesch Reading Ease: 80.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.0

Earthquakes — Informational

Word Count: 251
Flesch Reading Ease: 80.0
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.5

The Farmer and The Stork — Fable

Word Count: 217
Flesch Reading Ease: 85.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.8

The First Settlers — Informational

Word Count: 164
Flesch Reading Ease: 70
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.5

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf — Fable

Word Count: 221
Flesch Reading Ease: 84.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.0

6th Grade Reading Level Passages

Greek Mythology: The Beginning of the Gods — Myths & Fables

Word Count: 395
Flesch Reading Ease: 75.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.3

St. Joan of Arc & the Hundred Year War — Informational

Word Count: 398
Flesch Reading Ease: 75.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.1

Odysseus & the Sirens — Myths & Fables

Word Count: 396
Flesch Reading Ease: 73.6
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.4

Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Speckled Band #1 — Literary

Word Count: 392
Flesch Reading Ease: 77.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.0

Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Speckled Band #2 — Literary

Word Count: 395
Flesch Reading Ease: 79.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.5

Why Figurative Language Is Fun — Informational

Word Count: 397
Flesch Reading Ease: 67.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.9

7th Grade Reading Level Passages

Anne Frank’s Diary — Informational

Word Count: 397
Flesch Reading Ease: 70.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.7

Anne of Green Gables: Chapter 1 — Literary

Word Count: 396
Flesch Reading Ease: 75.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.1

The Call of the Wild: Chapter 1 — Literary

Word Count: 396
Flesch Reading Ease: 76.1
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.3

Greek Mythology: Zeus & Mount Olympus — Myths & Fables

Word Count: 395
Flesch Reading Ease: 69.1
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.3

The Holocaust: One Family's Story — Informational

Word Count: 394
Flesch Reading Ease: 61.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.8

The Trojan Horse — Myths & Fables

Word Count: 379
Flesch Reading Ease: 67.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.9

8th Grade Reading Level Passages

Anne of Avonlea: Chapter 12 — Literary

Word Count: 372
Flesch Reading Ease: 67.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.2

Call of the Wild: Chapter 1 — Literary

Word Count: 391
Flesch Reading Ease: 64.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.4

Greek Mythology: The Gods of Olympus — Myths & Fables

Word Count: 395
Flesch Reading Ease: 65.0
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.2

Odysseus & The Cyclops — Myths & Fables

Word Count: 399
Flesch Reading Ease: 64.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.1

The Epic Poems of Homer: The Odyssey & The Iliad — Informational

Word Count: 396
Flesch Reading Ease: 59.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.7

Understanding Others: Different Beliefs Around the World & Informational

Word Count: 397
Flesch Reading Ease: 52.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.8