Black History Month Leveled Passages 5th Grade

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This pack is available in a bundle with the 3rd and 4th grade packs. Save over 15% by purchasing the bundle!

**As of 2/4/18, I have included separate passages with larger print. Some of you wanted the passages to be one page long, while others wanted the print to be larger. Now you can choose which works best for you and your students!**

I am so excited about this new line of products! I wanted to make it easy for you to integrate reading with the content areas, so I have made these Close Read packs. You can use these packs as practice during whole group or small group, for assessment purposes, or even as homework!

Have multiple reading levels in your classroom? Be sure to check out the 3rd grade and 4th grade packs!

Want to try before you buy? Try my Close Reads Pack: Significant People in Black History- 5th Grade SAMPLER. This sampler includes the lesson on Ruby Bridges. The full product has 9 additional people!

Time is limited, but if you can teach reading during your social studies or science time, or social studies or science during your reading time, you will be able to be more thorough and give students additional practice on those important skills. No more trying to cram it all in!

Studying Civil Rights or celebrating Black History Month? Then this pack is for you! I have written 10 original informational texts about significant people and their contributions to Civil Rights. Each person comes with 1 original text, 2 pages of Close Read questions, and 2 answer keys.


I have included 2 options for each text. One has lines in the margin for students to record the main idea and evidence of answers and the other option does not include lines. You choose which works best for your students.

Each text is labeled with the Lexile level and Fountas & Pinnell level so you can easily select appropriate texts for your purposes. All fall within the 5th grade band. Need other reading levels? The 3rd grade and 4th grade packs are available! I have written the passages so that you can use different grade level packs within your classroom to differentiate for your students. The passages in the different grade level packs will be similar enough so that all your students can be reading about the same topic, but the reading levels will fit your students' needs!

You can pick and choose as many or as few of the texts as you would like. Students don't have to read all of the texts to be able to answer the questions about each person.

Close Read Question Pages

The first page of Close Read questions contains a spiral review of various 5th grade CCSS. The second page of Close Read questions focuses on one 5th grade CCSS and offers targeted practice. I have included 2 options for each of the question pages. One option has each question labeled with the 5th grade standard and the other option does not. Why? Because if you do not teach 5th grade you most likely do not want 5th grade CCSS labeled on the page. You can choose which one works best for you!

The second pages that offer focused practice also include a graphic organizer for students to organize their thoughts which will help them answer the last question which is a constructed response.

All of the questions on the first and second pages are constructed response that require students to provide evidence and/or explain their thinking. Perfect for getting your students to dig deeper into text!

You can also use different grade level packs about the same topic to differentiate based on your individual students. Because the passages are similar between the grade level packs, varying only on the Lexile level, the Close Read questions between the grade level packs will also be similar. The questions are written to correlate with a specific grade level's standards so the main difference between the Close Read questions in the grade level packs is the level of difficulty. These packs make it easy for all your students to be reading and answering questions about the same topic on their individual level!

Recording Chart & Correlation Chart

I have also included a chart you can record your students' progress on for each set of Close Read questions and a correlation chart that matches up the standards and which texts include them. You can use the correlation chart to quickly choose a text based on which CCSS you want to review or focus on with your students!

Puzzles and Culminating Project

I have included 8 puzzles and 1 short culminating project that can be given to early finishers, or all students can complete them just for fun. Please note that the puzzles and culminating project are the SAME for each grade level pack. I have included a word search, crossword puzzle, fallen phrase,finding smaller words within a longer word, cryptogram, ABC's list, double anagram, and phrase scrambles. All puzzles are related to Civil Rights. The culminating project is a short research project for students to further learn about one of the significant people.

People included with Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell reading levels:

Ruby Bridges- 990L, W

Frederick Douglass- 950L, W

Thurgood Marshall- 1010L, X

Jesse Owens- 1010L, X

Rosa Parks- 1010L, X

Jackie Robinson- 980L, W

Harriet Tubman- 930L, U

Booker T. Washington- 940L, V

Sojourner Truth- 1010L, X

Martin Luther King, Jr.- 1010L, X

Standards included: RI1, RI2, RI3, RI4, RI5, RI6, RI7, RI8, RI9, RI10.

Skills included: main idea and key details, making inferences, relationships in a text, unknown words, author's point, analyzing accounts, text structure, finding information from multiple sources, and integrating information from multiple sources

I will be adding additional Close Read packs with other social studies and science themes. Be sure to follow my store so you will be notified of when they are released!

Close Read Packs Available

American Revolutionary War

American Revolutionary War Heroes 5th Grade Pack

American Revolutionary War Heroes 4th Grade Pack

American Revolutionary War Heroes 3rd Grade Pack

American Revolutionary War Heroes Bundle

Significant People in Black History

Significant People in Black History 3rd Grade Pack

Significant People in Black History 4th Grade Pack

Significant People in Black History 5th Grade Pack

Significant People in Black History Bundle

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel Bundle

Need blank graphic organizers for Close Reads of Informational Text? Check out my

Informational Text Graphic Organizers for Close Reads: Grades 1-3

Informational Text Graphic Organizers for Close Reads: Grades 4-5

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.


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