The Common Core Reading Standards place more emphasis than ever before on informational texts, yet as of now there is a lack of ready-to-use material for teachers to support the development of those informational text standards. This problem is especially in upper middle school, where students need to read more complex informational texts and apply more challenging Common Core skills to them. This product can help!
This printable was written specifically for Grade 8-9 students and can be used in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, teacher-directed study in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc).
This passage and assessment is ideal as part of a close reading program in your classroom based around mastery of the Common Core! What does that mean to you as a classroom teacher? It means that this is not the typical “one reading I'm done” comprehension work often given before the Common Core Standards were created. To complete the assessment for the passage, students will need "to undertake the close, attentive reading and re-reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex and worthy works.” Please download and look at the Preview for a better understanding of the product.
The four-page activity includes:
1) An interesting scientific text of 1000+ words called “The Fiercest Animal on Earth,” which is about the aggressive rage and cruel nature of one of nature’s smallest mammals: the shrew. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 8.1
2) A total of 9 questions, five of which require a short answer or paragraph response, written specifically to align with important Common Core Informational Text Standards in Grades 8-9:
RI.8.7: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
RI.9-10.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
RI.9-10.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
RI.9-10.5: Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
RI.9-10.8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.
3) Answers (or sample responses) to every question.
I hope you find this product useful. If you do, please take a look at my Common Core Informational Text Collection for Grades 7-8, created to help busy middle school teachers!
Common Core Informational Text Printables: Grades 7-8
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