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3 Branches of Government | Graphic Organizers for Reading Informational Text

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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32 pages
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No time for social studies? Combine reading comprehension AND social studies with this set of graphic organizers for reading. The three branches of government passage in this resource will help your students succeed at comprehending informational text. The reading comprehension strategies are each practiced with a different graphic organizer that will enable students to learn about the three branches of government.

One informational text passage is used in six different graphic organizers for reading. The six reading comprehension strategies taught in this resource will help your students practice the following skills:
• using text evidence to answer explicit and inferential questions
• identifying the main idea and supporting details
• writing a summary
• explaining what happened and why it happened
• determining the meaning of words with context clues
• close reading of the text

Step-by-step lesson plans for the reading strategies are included in this resource making it easy to use. These lesson plans feature learning goals, supplies/materials needed, and suggestions for making the most of the graphic organizers.

Need help with teaching the reading strategies? No worries! There are detailed strategy guides for each of the six reading strategies featured in this resource. These guides are PACKED with explicit teaching points so you can help your students thoroughly understand how to apply the strategies when reading informational text.

Included in this resource:
• Lesson Overview - pacing suggestions, reading level, and standards
• Table of Contents and Strategies
• 6 Days of Step-by-Step Lesson Plans
• 6 Detailed Strategy Guides
• 6 Graphic Organizers Based on One Informational Text Passage
• Answer Keys for All Graphic Organizers

⭐ The Text Evidence Graphic Organizer offers 2 options: literal AND inferential questions. Choose the one your students need the most practice with answering or use both for even more practice!

▶️ Please look at the preview to get an idea of what this resource has to offer.

Graphic Organizers for Reading Informational Text is provided in 2 convenient formats in a zip folder: PDF and flattened PowerPoint®️.
❶ Print the PDF to make copies for your students.
❷ Use the flattened PowerPoint during your presentation when teaching the reading strategies to your students.

This resource is so versatile that it can be used in many instructional settings - guided reading, shared reading, close reading, literacy centers, Response to Intervention groups, homework...there LOTS of uses with this resource!

I use this resource with my own students for a fast, but focused session of reading comprehension practice. Use all the graphic organizers, or select only the ones your students need. The graphic organizers can be used in any sequence! This resource offers everything you need to teach the three branches of government AND reading comprehension strategies to your students.

More Graphic Organizers for Reading Informational Text:

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Colonial Government ~ Graphic Organizers for Reading Informational Text

Spending and Saving ~ Graphic Organizers for Reading Informational Text

More Government Resources:

Authoritative Decisions ~ Quick Pack

Branches of Federal Government ~ Quick Pack

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Resolution of Disputes ~ Quick Pack

The Purpose of Government ~ Quick Pack

Voting and Elections: Shared Reading Lesson Plan

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Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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