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***The information in the text discusses Columbus Day and why it is celebrated every year on October 12. The text discusses where he was born, as well as who helped him on his voyage of the three ships: Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. The text also has information on why he took the voyage, the islands he discovered in North America and why his legacy is important.
Increase your students' understanding of Christopher Columbus with these 3 Close Reading passages of Informational texts. The informational texts that are included have Lexile Levels of 380, 510, and 750.
***At the end of the file, I've included clip art to help students describe the key details of the text. They just cut out, glue on construction paper, and write about the details of Christopher Columbus.
There are 21 informational graphic organizers included- there is a lot of variety in the graphic organizers; and they are grade level and core standard specific. You can choose which ones you use, depending on what core standards you are focusing on, or focus on all of the standards throughout the study of the topic. The graphic organizers help you teach the following Core Standards for K-3rd grades:
RI.1: Ask and Answer Questions; Key Details; Drawing Inferences
RI.2: Main Topic and Key Details; Summarizing the text
RI.3: Connecting two details in a text
RI.4: Clarify the meaning of unknown words and phrases;
RI.5: Text Features, Cause and Effect
RI.6: Main purpose of the text and illustrations; Point of View; Analyzing Text
RI.7: Explaining illustrations and how it contributes to the topic
RI.8: Supporting points the author makes
RI.9: Compare and contrast two texts on the same topic
RI.10: Read and comprehend grade level texts.
I've also included writing prompts for all 3 genres:
W.1: Writing Opinion Pieces
W.2: Writing Informational Pieces
W.3: Writing Narratives - writing our own version of the story using the meaning of phrases in the story.
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