Three different non-fiction articles about Cinco de Mayo with comprehension questions, activities to review supporting details, topic vs main idea, identifying bias, and creating a constructed response. I am providing several options of how I have used these articles with classes in the past. Each article includes a set of response questions that foster critical thinking. Answer keys are included.
The additional supporting materials (comparing supporting details, identifying topic and main idea, identifying evidence of bias, and the constructed response) are designed for a class that has already been introduced to these topics. These handouts are provided to require the students to reread each text multiple times to engage in close reading.
* Planning suggestions
* Activating Prior Knowledge Handout
* Non-fiction article: What Is Cinco de Mayo?
* Response questions for What is Cinco de Mayo? (with Answer Key)
* Non-fiction article: A Mexican Holiday for Everyone
* Response questions A Mexican Holiday for Everyone (with Answer Key)
* Non-fiction article: A Fake Holiday?
* Response questions for A Fake Holiday? (with Answer Key)
* Comparing Text – Supporting Details T Chart (with Answer Key)
* Topic and Main Idea Handout (with Answer Key)
* Identifying Bias Handout (with Answer Key)
* Drawing Your Own Conclusions: Should we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? (with scoring guide)
Aligned to Common Core Standards: Compare non-fiction texts from multiple points of view