Close reading passages for Diwali will help students dig deeper into informational texts! Annotate the passage with margin notes, then answer the text-dependent questions, and summarize the text! The entire Diwali text is divided into five close reading passages that are ready to use and standards-based reading practice.
There are 5 close reading passages, each presented in two different formats: 1) with student note-taking and summarizing and 2) with graphic organizers. The close reading informational text includes reading response in short answer and structured response formats. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.
The five passages make up five sections in one large informational text. The close reading and reading response activities are designed to be used as repeated reading. Each repeated reading helps the students gain proficiency and work higher-level tasks.
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Close Reading Passages: Diwali includes:
⚫Full-page informational text for grades 3-6 (Lexile 900-1000; DRA 60)
⚫Five close reading passages:
1) Diwali: A Festive Holiday
2) Diwali: The Festival of Lights
3) Diwali: Shopping and Gifts
4) Diwali: Sweets
5) Diwali: Activities for Children
⚫Close Reading Tasks: Notice and note; Summarizing; Ideas; Supporting Details
⚫Informational Reading Response: Clarifying, Connecting, Making Inferences, and Critical Thinking
⚫Teacher support pages with text level information and "how-to-use" pages
⚫Five sections as a single informational text (for repeated reading)
⚫Five supporting images with captions
Ideas for Close Reading:
1) Share the supporting images on a projector as a whole class and discuss the cultural similarities and differences to holidays the students know.
2) Let students buddy read the whole text and complete one of the reading response pages (student choice).
3) During the next two days, have students read and complete the notes and summarizing pages.
4) In the final two days of the week, students can complete the graphic organizer pages.
5) For assessment, have students choose to complete another reading response (different than the first one). Grade for thorough connections, text evidence, and detailed explanation of their understandings.
Closer reading can span the entire week and provide students a deep understanding of the text and of the Diwali holiday!
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