Citing Evidence with Nonfiction Reading Passages

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Want to Encourage Students to Cite Evidence in the Text?

This pack was created to provide resources to meet the CCS with short, engaging nonfiction text. This pack contains six differentiated reading passages. For each reading passage there are:
• Possible teaching points
• Three leveled passages about the same topic, with 3-4 questions. Students must cite text evidence by underlining answers and color coding the passage.
• Graphic Organizer for Responding to Text
• Interactive Notebook Page for Responding to Text (same as the graphic organizer)

Some passages may have more than one graphic organizer or interactive notebook page.

The following passages are included:
• Happy New Year (Celebrating the New Year)
• Snap Attack (the Venus Flytrap)
• Floating Trouble (the Bladderwort plant)
• One Big Bird (the Emperor Penguin)
• Not Just a Little Girl (Ruby Bridges)
• The Boy Who Wanted to Learn to Read (Booker T. Washington)

The passages were written to complement each other, the season, or both (One Big Bird- the Emperor Penguin). The Happy New Year (celebrating the New Year) passage, Not Just a Little Girl (Ruby Bridges), and The Boy Who Wanted to Learn to Read (Booker T. Washington) passages are perfect for the winter season. Snap Attack (the Venus Fly Trap), Floating Trouble (the Bladderwort plant), One Big Bird (the Emperor Penguin) all focus on adaptations of the plants or animals. The passages Snap Attack (the Venus Fly Trap) and Floating Trouble (the Bladderwort plant) were written specifically for comparing and contrasting texts.

Each passage includes a Lexile Level. Please note that these are approximated levels. The passages can be differentiated by reading level. The passages are leveled as follows:
• Happy New Year (Celebrating the New Year) - Lexile levels 660, 740, 870
• Snap Attack (The Venus Fly Trap) - Lexile levels 670, 730, 810
• Floating Trouble (The Bladderwort Plant) - Lexile levels 610, 670, 710
• One Big Bird (the Emperor Penguin) - Lexile levels 640, 730, 810
• Not Just a Little Girl (Ruby Bridges) - Lexile levels 640, 740, 850
• The Boy Who Wanted to Read (Booker T. Washington)- Lexile levels 600, 650, 720

All levels are noted in the bottom left of the page. Most passages are a half page long and can be cut and pasted into interactive notebooks. Please note that two of the highest passages for Floating Trouble (The Bladderwort Plant) and Not Just a Little Girl (Ruby Bridges) are full size pages as the content is too long. Students can cut along the dotted line, splitting the page in half. Then, the students can glue the passage on the left side of the interactive notebook and the questions on to the right side of the interactive notebook. The pages can also be copied and completed on a whole sheet of copier paper, if the classroom does not use interactive notebooks.

For each passage, there is a page of possible teaching points. This page is perfect if the teacher decides to use the passages in small groups. The teaching points include the author’s purpose for writing the text, specific questions about the text to enhance student understanding, and a list of possible vocabulary to target. The vocabulary may be related to how difficult the word is to decode or a multiple meaning of the word. All of the questions and vocabulary on the teaching points page are different than the questions on the passage so that the teacher can use the passage question as an assessment.

Also included are several response activities. Most passages have two different responses to the text. One of the activities is a lower level activity and the second activity is a higher level activity with less support. The activities are also available as interactive notebook pages.

The following skills are addressed in each passage:
• Happy New Year (Celebrating the New Year) – Main Idea/ Key Details
• Snap Attack (The Venus Fly Trap) - Relationship between series of steps (cycle) and Cause and Effect
• Floating Trouble (The Bladderwort Plant) - Relationship between series of steps (cycle) and Cause and Effect
• One Big Bird (the Emperor Penguin) - Main Idea/ Key Details
• Not Just a Little Girl (Ruby Bridges) – Sequencing and Character Traits
• The Boy Who Wanted to Read (Booker T. Washington)- Sequencing and Character Traits

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Citing Evidence with Nonfiction Reading Passages
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Citing Evidence with Nonfiction Reading Passages
Citing Evidence with Nonfiction Reading Passages
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