To prepare your students to read independently within the higher text complexity bands of the Common Core standards, students need to be exposed to readings with complex syntax and difficult vocabulary. This will be effective in building both confidence and abilities. This close reading of "A Wrong: from A Young Macedonian in the Army of Alexander the Great", by Alfred Church, is a Greek story rich in characterization and vocabulary. With this activity, you will find:
* Clear instructions for use
* Suggested discussion activities for students, either during the reading or post-reading, which will heighten their engagement.
* Annotated text for the teacher, with questions and the matching standard
* Separate printable reading text for the students, with some defined vocabulary where context is lacking.
* A final writing assignment with matching standards, which can be assigned as classwork or homework.
* Suggestions for a challenge writing assignment, to build on the assigned writing piece
* A 4-3-2-1 rubric, with various criteria with which to grade the writing assignment. These criteria can be blended to achieve scores that reflect elements of each.
* A short quiz with an answer key, to use in addition to or instead of the teacher-directed questions
The provided public domain text is at a Lexile level of 1180, which is slightly above the new range for the 6-8 text complexity grade band.
You will find this step-by-step activity an effective way to build exposure to higher complexity bands, extend students' abilities to engage in in-depth discussions, as well as further students' capacity to write effectively about what they have read. Please leave feedback, to let me know how it helped you in your classroom.
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