Close Reading Fall | Close Reading Autumn with Text Dependent Questions

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These fall-themed Text Time passages were are just what you need for ready-to-use comprehension and close reading practice. There are 20 autumn themed passages, each presented at two reading levels (grades 3-4 and 4-5) for a total of 40 passages. The passages are a mix of high-interest and curriculum-based topics and include informational text and literature. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.

The Show What You Know questions on the right are identical for both reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages all together, even if you have students using different levels.


The passages are sequenced in cycles of five as follows:

IT: Informational Text (nonfiction)
L: Literature (fiction)
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration
L: Literature (fiction)
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction)

Breakdown by type: 3/5 Informational Text, 2/5 Literature.

Within the 20 passages, there are two sets of paired passages (TT 7/8 and TT 9/10). The paired passages appear adjacent to each other and address a similar topic for comparing and contrasting. TT 13/14 could possibly also be used as paired passages, but it is a bit of a stretch, so they are not marked as such in the table of contents. Three additional printables are included to use with these paired passages. These passages will also work as stand alone activities if you do not want to use them together.

The skills addressed in each passage are written in small print at the bottom on the left hand side. The skills address most of the RI and RL Common Core Standards and include: reading for details, main idea, summarizing, inference, predicting, genre setting/character/plot, theme, context clues/vocabulary, figurative language, author’s style, author’s purpose, point of view, mood/tone, text structure, comparing and contrasting, interpreting an illustration, analysis, and evaluation. They are also listed in the Table of Contents.

These passages are Fall themed and are meant to be used September-November. Some of the passages can be used at almost anytime during autumn, while others are tied to a specific holiday. While three of the passages focus on common Halloween themes (vampire bats, spiders, pumpkins), the actual holiday Halloween is not mentioned.

Answer keys for teacher use are provided. In many cases, answers will vary by student and sample answers are given.

These passages could be used for bell work, at a center or station, as part of a reading packet, with a small group, as homework, as enrichment for younger, highly capable students, as remediation for struggling students, or as test prep.


Topics Included:

1. Remembering 9/11
2. My Life as a Writer
3. How the Football got its Shape
4. The Missing Rain Boot
5. A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
6. Creepy Crawly Spiders
7. We are NOT Scary!
8. Vampire Bats
9. Too Many Pumpkins
10. Punkin Chunkin
11. Why Leaves Change Color
12. Jake and the Rake
13. Election Day
14. the Ant and the Grasshopper
15. Getting Ready for Winter
16. Veterans Day
17. When Sarah got Sick
18. Who was Squanto?
19. Turkey Trouble
20. Pilgrim Children

Also included: teacher answer keys, student annotation guide, and three printables to use with the 2 included paired passages.


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Happy Teaching!

Rachel Lynette
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Close Reading Fall | Close Reading Autumn with Text Depend
Close Reading Fall | Close Reading Autumn with Text Depend
Close Reading Fall | Close Reading Autumn with Text Depend
Close Reading Fall | Close Reading Autumn with Text Depend
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