Are you having a difficult time finding interesting nonfiction articles to coincide with the new shifts in the CCSS? If so, this close read may be right for you.
This close read is about cloning and has two separate articles included in it. The first article is at a 3rd grade level and is designed to both introduce the concept of cloning, promoting background knowledge, and boost student confidence as they move to the second article. The second article ranges between grades 6-9 and is more advanced and difficult, but covers the same topics, so even the struggling readers can be successful.
Since many students struggle with their reading and function well below grade level, but are still required to take the state exams at their grade level, this is a perfect close reading!