This is an informational passage and assessment on Alfred Wegener and the theory of continental drift (Pangaea), something we all know a bit about but very few understand completely. In keeping with the needs of middle school-age students, the text is written in an interesting and understandable style and is not overly scientific. It was written specifically for Grade 5-8 students and can be used in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, direct instruction in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, assessment, sub work, centers, etc). Please see the Preview for an idea of the text style and also all the assessment questions at the end of the reading.
Informational passages and assessments that are close-reading ready as well as lengthy and engaging are an important aspect of many elementary and middle school ELA programs. This product is sold as an example of what I offer to meet this resource need and is not part of any bundled collection offered in my store.
This printable resource includes:
1) An engaging 950-word informational passage called “Alfred Wegener and Continental Drift.” The passage is at a 5th-8th grade reading level and tells in understandable and interesting language what the theory of continental drift is, Wegener's proof for it, and how the theory of Pangaea has been refined over the years since his death.
2) A set of 20 questions, including vocabulary and comprehension work. Common Core Informational Text Standards addressed include:
RI.5.3. 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.
RI.5.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
RI.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
There is a challenge activity at the end related to the future location of the continents.
3) Answers to every question.
I hope you find this individual product useful with your classes! This is just one example of over 100 Informational Text passage and assessments I offer for Grades 3-9, both in individual format and in value-priced grade-level bundles. See below for links to these bundles or visit my TPT Store for a look at everything I offer. Thank you!
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