How much do your students know about the Secret Service and the nuclear football? This close reading informational text resource will challenge your students and teach them interesting information at the same time. Close reading strategies, annotation symbols, vocabulary sheets and text dependent questions are provided in this no prep resource. Did you know about the weight sensitive pressure pad underneath the carpet in the Oval Office? Students will read with pleasure as they discover the secrets of guarding the president and living in the White House.
What is included in this resource:
Close Reading Strategies Guide
Annotation Symbols Sheet
Vocabulary Definition sheets for each article
The United States Secret Service written at three differentiated levels
The Nuclear Football written at three differentiated levels
The Red Telephone written at three differentiated levels
13 pages of Text Dependent Questions correlated to the Common Core Informational Reading Standards
Video links to enhance understanding of the topics
This resource also fosters discussion of current topics of interest regarding our relationship with Russia both currently and in the past. Two of the articles discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis. These articles are chock full of information!
*Please note that the article on the Secret Service does briefly discuss training in the use of firearms and the fact that a few agents have lost their lives protecting the president. We have attempted to be brief and straightforward in the statements.
*The article on the nuclear “football” does discuss the very remote possibility of nuclear war and how we stay prepared. But it also emphasizes that it is meant to be a deterrent.
We included a third article on the hotline between Russia and the United States which we feel is more appropriate for younger children in 5th and 6th grade.
If you feel these topics are not appropriate for your students, please do not purchase this resource.
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