Sample The Books of Time Worksheet
Reading Comprehension Worksheets Subscribers:
Build a printable worksheet with the complete story and puzzles
Build a proofreading activity     a cloze activity


The Books of Time
By Colleen Messina

1     Once upon an ancient time there was a beautiful city where the emperor was both gracious and practical. He had a vast empire rich with loyal citizens, precious metals, majestic architecture, and restful landscapes. His territory extended in all directions for thousands of miles. The citizens generally had everything they needed, and they trusted their emperor because of his wisdom. However, despite all of his wealth, the emperor occasionally had a disturbing dream that caused him to wonder whether his charmed life would end. He then consulted his wise priests and holy men for understanding.
2     One night the emperor dreamed that there was a huge fire in his conservatory. The flames crackled high in the air, casting dancing patterns on the colorful mosaics on the walls. Orange fire licked the arched marble ceilings, and black smoke filled the air. Frightened nobles ran away in terror as a gray-robed magician tossed precious books into the flames. Then the entire palace disappeared as the last book burned. All that remained was a pile of acrid, smoking ash. The emperor woke up shaking with fear and summoned the wise men from his council. None of them could explain his strange dream. A slave prepared a steaming herbal tea for the distraught ruler. An attentive physician secretly added a strong sleeping powder to the beverage, and soon the emperor fell asleep. He did not dream again.
3     The next day the emperor felt composed, but he had feelings of ambivalence about his dream. What did it herald for his empire? He didn't have time to think about it for long because he sat in meetings all day. The chancellor rambled on endlessly. Other officials reported that the infantry was victorious in a recent campaign, tax collections were successful, and all new building projects had passed inspection.
4     Things seemed to be running smoothly until a woman in a gray robe decorated with violet embroidery burst into the chamber carrying a bulging burlap sack.
5     "I must speak to the emperor!" cried the woman as guards rushed in to seize her. The guards' armor clanked loudly as they stampeded as one body toward the woman. Her violet eyes stared without blinking and she didn't even wiggle a muscle as they drew their shining swords.
6     "Leave her alone," said the emperor, surprising everyone. The woman came forward boldly, not in the usual timid manner of those who requested an audience. Her violet eyes shone like amethyst jewels and were fiercely bright with determination.
7     "I must present to you the Books of Time," said the woman with an adroit toss of her silver hair. She pulled three thick leather volumes from her sack.
8     "These three books contain prophesies from a master magician. They predict the events of the near future, the next century, and the far future of the empire. These prophecies can change if the citizens make good choices, but once someone reads the books, the prophecies must come true. My master told me to sell you these books for the good of the empire. Their minimum price is three bags of gold apiece," said the woman. "My master acquired these books at great personal sacrifice."
9     "I can't buy the books unless I read them first," said the emperor with a gleam in his eye. He fingered his gold chain thoughtfully, considering whether he should just imprison the woman and seize the books.

Paragraphs 10 to 26:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons

More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets

Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
50 States

Monthly Themes

Place Value
Time and Calendar
Earth Day
Solar System
Following Directions
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
All About Me

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Order of Operations
Community Helpers
Addition and Subtraction
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts

Copyright © 2017 edHelper