Common Core close reading and writing unit that ties in with social studies. This unit is perfect for differentiation as it offers a lot of options. It can be used in small group, whole class, or guided reading groups to teach fluency, text structure, and writing.
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This unit includes:
Original narrative text that introduces informative concepts of community and community helpers. This is in a wall story (narrative input chart) and a mini-book for students.
Six building background pages on each community helper
Six informative articles (firefighter, doctor, teacher, soldier, police officer, and farmer). Also there are alternative versions of the articles that are color coded for text structure.
Six informative writing centers (Each one comes with a simplified version of the core informative article).
Six opinion articles. Also there are alternative versions of the articles that are color coded for text structure.
Six opinion writing centers (Each one comes with a simplified version of the core opinion article).
Comparison of two texts activity
Four articles are differentiated to meet the needs of diverse learners (broken down sentence by sentence).
Each article has a note taking page.
Each informative article has a graphic organizer, writing master, and mini-book writing master for publishing.
Each opinion article has a recording sheet for author’s reasons.
The unit ends with an opinion writing prompt (best used after close reading is done using opinion articles). Several versions of differentiated graphic organizers are provided.
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