Black History Month Biographies Constructed Response with Text Evidence Reading

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Tessa Maguire
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Prepare students for the rigors of state reading tests with these African-American biographies and constructed response, text dependent questions. Use these in February for Black History Month and throughout the spring! Study 9 influential, African-American Heroes while practicing responding to constructed response and extended response questions using text evidence (RACE writing strategy).

Each biography comes with coordinating open-ended questions, directing students to use text evidence in their responses, aligned with Common Core standards for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. The passages challenge students to interact with rigorous, but interesting and relevant informational text. This is the perfect resource to help you prepare your students for upcoming state tests like PARCC and SBAC.

African-American Heroes included:

→ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

→ Doris Miller

→ Rosa Parks

→ The Little Rock Nine

→ Booker T. Washington

→ Sojournor Truth

→ Thurgood Marshall

→ Madam C.J. Walker

→ Harriet Tubman

→ MLK & Rosa Parks Paired Text Question

→ End of Unit Response Question

Digital included: Each of the biographies and questions are provided in Google Slides as individual files. Students read the text, highlight evidence using the built in highlighters, and write their written responses with the prefilled text boxes. The text is provided in a readable format for screen readers allowing for easy accommodations. Each digital version is provided with an easy access link.

**The complete passage and questions for Martin Luther King, Jr. is provided in digital and printable form for free at:

Martin Luther King, Jr. : Responding to Text-Based Inferential Questions**

Download it and try it out with your students in January, then come back and buy the full unit to last you the rest of January and February!

Other E/LA Test Prep Resources:

What's the Proof? Citing Text Evidence

Performance Task Practice: Women's History Month

4th Grade Math Performance Based Assessments Practice Printables

3rd Grade Problem of the Day Story Problems- BUNDLE

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
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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