It's so important to teach our little guys about all of the people from our past who have made an impact on our country, and our daily lives as a result.
Black History Month is coming up in February, and so I've created a set of passages that have several purposes. This packet is created mainly with 3rd graders in mind. This packet would also be ideal for struggling 4th and 5th grade readers.
1) The obvious - it teaches about the achievements, virtues, and contributions of black Americans. This hits many standards throughout the grades, throughout the country.
2) The passages are short enough to keep the attention of our little ones, as well as make close-reading a viable option.
3) Nine of the 10 passages include questions that require coding their evidence. Question 1 requires circling, 2 requires underlining, and 3 requires highlighting. This helps engage the kids, but also helps US make sure they are going back into the text, with or without us by their sides. The fourth question usually hits on personal connections to the text.
4) It requires writing. Some questions have students create graphic organizers (think: t-charts and venn diagrams), others have them making lists, others have them writing full sentences. This variation will help meet the needs of kids with different strengths and weaknesses.
5) Last, it's all CCSS aligned. Aside from requiring evidence, questions hit on skills like text structure, author's purpose, identifying key details, sequencing events, and identifying cause and effect. Several questions ask students to imagine what life or specific situations would be like if xyz had not happened. These are higher level thinking skills that Common Core demands of our students.
This packet includes a teacher guide to get you started. Otherwise, everything else is done. No real prepping involved.
***Please checkout the preview for a better idea of what this packet includes!
I use these types of assignments at my Read-to-Someone center, but feel free to use it however you see fit for your little learners. Enjoy and thank you!