Close reading is a hot topic these days, but is merely reading with intention and paying attention to details provided *in* the text. Many students who can read often rely on their memory of the text or their background knowledge for the topic when answering comprehension questions about the text, and miss questions that aren't technically wrong, but circle answer choices that aren't mentioned or supported in the text. Giving students opportunities to read closely, with our support and modeling *can* happen in Kindergarten and 1st grade and should occur regularly if students are to be prepared to take this close reading task to independence beginning in 2nd grade.
Use these short, close reading comprehension passages of nonfiction topics as guided reading text. This set of 10 passages is about animals, to actively engage students in reading text closely, with your support, scaffolds and modeling.
Animal Passages in this Set include: lions, tigers, baboons, koalas, goats, polar bears, black bears, zebras, pigs and elephants.
These very short passages are ideal for close reading in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each activity is one page. Each page includes one picture that supports the passage, one passage, 3 multiple-choice comprehension questions and 1 open-ended written comprehension question. The questions can be read out loud to the student or completely independently. The passages are not grade specific but definitely designed for readers reading below level 9/10 or F&P level F. This passages are also ideal for intervention groups of 2nd/3rd grade students reading and comprehending below grade level.
Answer keys provided with text based evidence highlighted in the passage, answers in red for M/C questions and suggested answers for the open-ended written response question. These passages are perfect for guided reading with the teacher, TA or parent led groups, gifted groups, intervention, homework or as an assessment. Xerox them in B/W so each student has one to have, hold, and mark up or laminate them in color to use again and again with vis-a-vis pens.
Future sets will include Nature, Careers, Places, Homes, Transportation and Tools.
Other sets in this series that are already made are:
Be sure to check out the preview...I've included the Lion pages in case you want to download the preview and try it out first.
Jen Jones - Hello Literacy
© 2015, Hello Literacy, Inc., "Close Reading Comprehension for Emerging Reader & Writers: Animals - for single classroom use, please purchase multiple licenses (at 50% off the regular price) at check-out for whole-grade or school-wide use.
Keywords: Close Reading, Comprehension, Nonfiction Passages, Reading Comprehension, Animal Passages, Short Text, Multiple Choice, Written Comprehension, Guided Reading