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Age of Exploration Paired Passages Reading Comprehension & Informational Writing

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Description

Age of Exploration Paired Passages & Informative/Explanatory Writing:

How has exploration affected people? - Digital & PDF

This is a set of three leveled paired passages or texts on exploration: European Exploration, The Space Exploration, and The Rain Forest. The resource also includes reading comprehension and short answer response questions. The included texts are non-fiction. Targeted reading levels are 4th - 6th grades.

The extended writing prompt provided is for informative/explanatory writing.

This resource is included in both PDF and digital (Google slides) formats. The digital copies are included in both a whole file format and broken into individual pieces to make it easier for teachers to assign the pieces in an online platform.

This product is designed to help students practice for state reading and writing tests such as FSA or MACS. Teachers can choose how to use this product.

Flexible Use

The leveled texts can be used together for paired passages or could be used separately. Teachers can also use both the reading comprehension pieces and the writing activity, or choose just one.

These texts can be used as:

- close reading

- reading test practice (includes Multiple Choice, Table Match, & Short Response questions)

- social studies lessons

- reading comprehension

- paired passages with an extended informational writing prompt.

Easy Differentiation

In order to differentiate, the leveled passages are provided at three different reading Lexile levels:

  • Level A - Low, 4th grade level
  • Level B - Medium, 5th grade level
  • Level C - High, 6th grade level

What is included in this product?

  1. The Effects of European Exploration – in 3 levels
  2. Space Exploration & You – in 3 levels
  3. Save the Rain Forest – in 3 levels
  4. 6 reading comprehension questions for the The Effects of European Exploration
  5. 5 reading comprehension and 1 short response questions for Space Exploration & You
  6. 6 reading comprehension questions for Save the Rain Forests
  7. Answer Key for all questions
  8. Exploration Extended Writing Response – to be used with one - three passages.
  9. Standards Covered by this Product
  10. Testing Cover Page
  11. Testing Bubble/Answer Sheet
  12. Informative Writing Rubric
  13. Final Essay Blank Writing Paper
  14. Digital copies of everything in Google slides.

Please see the preview for even more information and pictures of this product.


Do you need a writing center?

If you are looking for help teaching paired passages, please see my writing center. This product discusses how to teach and organize evidence-based writing.

Paired Passages Writing Center: Citing Text Evidence Bundle Grades 4, 5, & 6

Free Teacher Resource

For more information on teaching text-based essays, please see my blog post explaining the TEACH strategy.

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Total Pages
126 pages
Answer Key
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

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