China Reading Passages with Main Idea and Details Activity - Free Sampler

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This free sampler offers 3 short reading passages about Chinese history and culture. Comprehension questions about the passages are included and an answer key is provided for your convenience. Your students can do the work individually, in pairs, in small groups, or do the work all together as the whole class.

✓ Please note:

* This freebie is part of C is for China: An ABC Book with Facts & Photos about Chinese Culture, Geography, History, which discusses 26 different topics about China.

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

* What Daoism is, who Confucius was, and what some typical foods eaten in china are.

Who is it for?

* All students, including English Language Learners.

How does it help teachers?

* The 3 informational paragraphs introduce students to aspects of Chinese history and culture.

* Students practice the following reading skills: reading for comprehension, finding the main idea, finding supporting details, and using a text feature to support their ideas.

* Comprehension questions let you see how well your students understood the texts.

* An answer key is included so you can quickly and easily check your students’ work.

What educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "Thank you for this wonderful resource! Informative, short, and good visuals!" -- A buyer.

♥ "I used this with a low 5th grader and it was perfect. Thank you!" -- AZSunset Cross-Curricular Literacy 4-9.


What you get in this free sampler:

★ A table of contents for quick reference, with map of China included (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher page with background information (1 page)

★ 3 reading passages about China (3 pages)

★ Comprehension questions (1 page)

★ Answer key (1 page)

More Info:

Your students will learn about 3 aspects of Chinese history and culture: Daoism, Kong Fuzi (Confucius), and Vegetables. The texts are representative of the larger, paid resource.

The reading passages in this resource are at different levels of reading complexity. They are suitable for older English Language Learners, younger native English speakers, as well as other students.

The comprehension questions ask students to identify the main idea, indicate the supporting details, and explain how the illustration supports the information in the paragraph. These questions help your students develop skills they will use when reading all kinds of texts during their school years.

You can use this resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, display and/or read aloud the pages of the sampler (ie the paragraphs about China). Then display the comprehension questions and have students write/type the answers or discuss them if using a platform than enables you to do that. Share answers with your class.

b) For students to do on their own: Send photocopies of the China paragraphs and comprehension questions home or have students print them out if they can do that themselves. Tell students to read the paragraphs and answer the questions. Tell students to send their work back to you.

Use this resource to give your students a taste of China whenever you are teaching about the county or when it's Chinese (Lunar) New Year.


You might also like these China-themed products:

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Chinese Zodiac Animals Clip Art Based on Photographs

Chinese New Year ELA Task Cards for Mechanics and Grammar

Chinese New Year Word Search Puzzles

Chinese Dynasties, Emperors and Philosophers: Charts, Task Cards & Puzzles

Or buy a small bundle with 2 resources and save:

Small China Bundle: Culture (includes the C is for China and Chinese Zodiac Animals Clipart products)

Small China Bundle: Writing (includes the Chinese New Year Writing Activities and ELA Task Cards products)

Or buy the big bundle with all 5 resources and save:

Big China Bundle of Writing, Reading, Grammar, Wordsearch Activities & Clipart (includes the C is for China ABC Book, Chinese Zodiac Animals Clipart, Chinese New Year Writing and Reading Activities, Chinese New Year ELA Task Cards and Chinese New Year Word Search Puzzles products)


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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