Civics and Government Close Reading

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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  • Activity
  • Assessment
23 pages
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This close reading activity pack includes all you need to Civics and Government in 3rd grade, including the texts: Three Branches of Government, Purpose of Government, and How Government Gets its Power.

Each text set includes close reading strategies and text-dependent questions, graphic organizers, and a quiz!


What's Included:

Three Branches of Government Close Reading Passage
★ How Government Gets Its Power Close Reading Passage
★ Purpose of Government Close Reading Passage
★ Directions and strategies for 1st and 2nd Close Reading
★ Text-dependent questions for each passage
★ Main Idea Organizer
★ Compare/Contrast Organizer
★ Quiz for each passage

EASEL™ Activity & Assessment: This resource is ready for students to access on TpT's EASEL platform! Easel is an interactive layer over the original PDF worksheets that you can use on the TpT platform OR assign in Google Classroom.

How to Use in Your Classroom:

This Print and Go resource can be used as Social Studies activities and/or Language Arts activities which gives you the flexibility to fit it in wherever you can! It's perfect for:

  • Centers
  • Small Groups
  • Independent Work
  • Whole Group Instruction

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Total Pages
23 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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