NINETY-FIVE original 2nd grade leveled close reading passages and activities that are PERFECT for teaching your students to become masters of close reading. There are seventeen standards-based earning targets in this product. Each learning target has 5 passages specifically dedicated to it except for all of the comparing learning targets because they all have a total of 10 passages so that your students can compare away!
Each passage has 2 pages of carefully written and consistent close reading tasks or text dependent questions. The first page of close reading tasks is specifically aligned to the learning target identified at the top of the page.
The second page of tasks is a SPIRAL REVIEW of all the informational learning targets for the grade level. This is perfect for holding those kids accountable for everything they have already learned! No skill slipping on your watch!
THE STANDARDS-BASED LEARNING TARGETS INCLUDED ARE:
•ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (RI.2.1)
•MAIN TOPIC (RI.2.2)
•WORD MEANINGS (RI.2.4)
•TEXT FEATURES (RI.2.5)
•TEXT PURPOSE (RI.2.6)
•IMAGES AND DIAGRAMS (RI.2.7)
•AUTHOR’S REASONS (RI.2.8)
•COMPARE AND CONSTRAST (RI.2.9)
•ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (RL.2.1)
•MESSAGE, LESSON, OR MORAL (RL.2.2)
•CHARACTERS RESPOND (RL.2.3)
•STORY STRUCTURE (RL.2.5)
•POINT OF VIEW (RL.2.6)
•CHARACTER, SETTING, AND PLOT (RL.2.7)
•COMPARE AND CONTRAST (RL.2.9)
This pack includes both of these products:
This bundle does NOT include the "Add-On" Differentiated Extension Packs. But you may be interested in these packs. They include ALL of the passages in these products rewritten at a lower level for your struggling or developing readers. They can be found here:
DIGITAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION INCLUDED
In addition to the traditional printable pack, the activities in this download can also be assigned via Google slides or Google Classroom, which makes it very versatile for digital distance learning.
To see a video overview of the digital version as well as instructions for assigning these passages using Google Docs or Google Classroom, check out these videos:
CAREFULLY CRAFTED READING PASSAGES
Each passage falls within the Lexile level of 450-790, which is the standard expectation for 2nd grade. The Lexile level is marked at the top of each passage. There are a variety of literature text types including poetry, narratives, biographies, and letters.The informational text types range between STEM topics, science, history, and opinion pieces. The formats include website simulations, magazine articles, and texts with multiple diagrams. In terms of interest level, EVERY passage is written with a 2nd grader in mind.
WHAT STANDARDS IS THIS ALIGNED TO?
This product is most closely aligned to the Common Core standards. However, everything is referenced as “learning targets” so that it is applicable within any 2nd grade classroom. There are two options in this download. You can choose to either use a version that makes references to Common Core or a version that does NOT make references to Common Core. The content is the same in both files, but this option gives Common Core schools a specific reference to the corresponding standard, which may be helpful.
WHAT CAN THIS BE USED FOR?
This is perfect for class-wide close reading, assessments, guided reading groups, or homework. Your students must refer to the text and provide textual evidence of their understanding.
The Common Core standards consider 2nd and 3rd grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of 450-790. That means I use most (about 85%) of the same texts in both the 2nd and 3rd grade products. I only modify the passages slightly for text complexity and to better match the specific grade level standards. However, you will see that the questions and tasks on each of these grade level products are completely different and aligned to that grade level’s standards. If a 2nd grade teacher is looking for something to differentiate for higher level readers, I suggest my 4th Grade Close Reading packs. If you are looking to differentiate for lower level readers, you don’t need to buy the 1st Grade pack, you can save money and use the 2nd Grade add-on differentiation packs - Informational DIFFERENTIATION PACK, Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK.
- Alyssha Swanson