This non-fiction passage on hippos is both interesting and an excellent tool for developing a close reading procedure in your classroom. The first read through, I read aloud to students who track with a pencil and underline any words they do not know so that we can discuss them afterwards. Then, students read through the text independently or with a partner and do the four square vocabulary activity.
The next day, we read through the text again and students answer the two questions that require going back into the text and highlighting their answers. We also talk about one thing we learned about hippos from the text, main ideas of the text, and anything else we would want to learn or research to find out more about hippos.
On the final day, students independently read through the text again and answer the final question to demonstrate their comprehension of the text, ability to put details from the text together in new and interesting ways, and their creative thinking and writing.
I use these texts with my ESL/EFL/ELL students to build vocabulary, understanding of sentence structure, and practice referring back to the text to answer questions. Keep an eye out for more close reading passages to be added to my store soon!
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Earth Day Leveled Close Reading Passages