This 6 page pdf resources contains everything you need for a lesson on Common Core Standard RI.5.6 and RI.6.6 which requires the students to analyze multiple accounts of the same topic.
This resource contains the following:
~A Lesson Plan for using the two texts in the resource.
~Two texts on the topic of taxes from different viewpoints
~A Graphic Organizer for the students to complete
~A poster with Essential Questions to post for this lesson
Click on the link below for the assessment and rubric that matches this lesson:
Hello, I think it would but not at the beginning of the year (that depends on your students, of course). I tested the readability level using Dale-Chall and both passages scored a 4, which is supposed to be easily understood by a 4th grade student.
To better help you make a decision, here is an example from one of the texts:
Taxes are difficult to pay. They are a large part of our earnings. Taxes are taken out of our paychecks by the government. If we were allowed to keep that money, we would be able to afford to buy the things that the government tries to provide for us. The number of different taxes is also silly.