Close Reading - Exploring the Solar System

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Classroom in the Middle
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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110 pages
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Reading passages about the solar system, planets, space exploration, and space technology - Each of the 6 articles has everything needed for a full three readings. In addition to the full-page non-fiction articles, there are text dependent questions and additional activities specific to each reading. Here is what is included - ready to use to cover all of the steps of close reading:

The six articles -

1. Near-Earth Objects - comets and asteroids, how near to Earth do they really get?

2. Is It an Asteroid? Is It a Comet? - or is that space object a dwarf planet, or a meteoroid?

3. Is Europa the One? - Jupiter's most interesting moon

4. Spacecraft Technology - it all started with the "Space race" between the US and Russia

5. Exploring Jupiter - NASA's Juno mission, and what the mission scientists hope to learn from it

6. Exploring Pluto - we know so little about Pluto, but New Horizons is headed there to find out a whole lot more

Seven activities for each article:

For the First Reading

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)

Main idea and Supporting Details – Graphic Organizer

For the Second Reading

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)

Vocabulary Graphic Organizer

Text Structure Graphic Organizer

For the Third Reading

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)

Writing Prompt

Also included are a chart that shows students just what they need to do for each reading and a chart of the symbols for marking up the texts. In addition, there is a smaller version of these two charts for students' notes.

The articles and the TDQs are arranged in a landscape, two-column format so that they can be folded to fit easily into students' notebooks.

This packet is designed to be easy to use, with everything that you need to do a full close reading of each of the six articles.

The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes and directions already in place for student use.

The activities support Reading: Informational Text standards such as using text evidence to make inferences, determining main ideas using text evidence, identifying text structures, and using clues in the text to define words.

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Total Pages
110 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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