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This is an informational passage and assessment on the building of the Panama Canal, a monumental engineering feat of the early 20th century. The text focuses on the role of George Goethals, a US Army General and civil engineer who is best known for his administration and supervision of the construction and the opening of the Panama Canal. The text is suitable for Grades 4-8 and can be used in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, direct instruction in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, assessment, centers, etc).
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This “printable/no prep” resource includes:
1) An engaging 720-word historical passage called "The Impossible: Building the Panama Canal.” Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level = 5.9
2) A set of 29 questions, including vocabulary, comprehension, and short- answer work, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards: RI.4.1, RI.4.7, and L.4.5.C
3) Answers to every question.
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