All About Athletes Close Reads for BIG KIDS: Informational Text for Grades 4-8

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4th - 8th, Homeschool, Staff
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35 pages
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Great resource for close reads for sporty students and they are able to pick since there are a lot to chose from which is always fun for students. Content and questions well done.
Thank you for creating this resource! Students were excited to read about current athletes, and as the teacher, I was excited to have a ready-to-go resource.
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  1. Sometimes it helps to add some “star power” to your reading comprehension activities. I know for my sports-obsessed readers, nothing captures their attention quite like their favorite sports teams and athletes.With that in mind, I created these sets of close reading passages that feature several of
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All About Athletes Close Reads for BIG KIDS!


This 35-page NO PREP Close Reading Informational Text BUNDLE is the perfect reading tool for your upper elementary or middle school students working to enhance comprehension with high-interest informational passages about current athletes. Inspired by my son-who is obsessed with all things NFL and NBA, this BUNDLE is sure to motivate your male hard-to-inspire readers!!!

The BUNDLE includes:

• 10-one page texts with four-evidence based questions per selection with ANSWER KEYS

• Estimated Lexile Measure is 1080

Selection Titles:

  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Peyton Manning
  • Russell Wilson
  • Travis Kelce
  • Derrick Henry
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Luka Doncic
  • Kevin Durant
  • LeBron James

Also included are 4-NO PREP graphic organizers to help students identify:

• Fact and Opinion

• The 5-W’s of Informational text

• Cause and Effect

• Compare and Contrast

Sometimes it is that one tool that encourages that breakthrough in learning and understanding. These selections will make that happen. This is a perfect tool for centers, small group, homework, or whole class close reading strategy work.


For more Close Reading Passages to enhance student reading skills:

• Baseball Close Reading and Informational Text Bundle


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Happy Close Reading!

Common Core Standards:

RI.4.1 RI.4.3 RI.4.4 RI.4.5 RI.5.1 RI.5.2 RI.5.3 RI.5.4 RI.5.5 RI.6.1 RI.6.2 RI.6.3 RI.6.4 RI.6.5 RI.7.1 RI.7.2 RI.7.3 RI.7.4 RI.7.5 RI.8.1 RI.8.2 RI.8.3 RI.8.4 RI.8.5

Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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 meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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