Constructed Response Passages with Text Evidence: Black History Month Test Prep

Tessa Maguire
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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Honor 9 influential, African-American Heroes during Black History Month, or anytime of the year, with these Biographical Constructed Response Questions Passages. This unit helps give students practice with writing quality responses to constructed response and extended response questions using text evidence with biographies on 9 common, and not so common, African-American Heroes. This is perfect test prep practice during the winter and spring!

Each passage comes with coordinating questions, using text evidence in responses, aligned with Common Core standards for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. The passages challenge students to interact with rigorous, but interesting and relevant, text. This is the perfect resource, during February for Black History Month, or at anytime, to help you prepare your students for the upcoming state tests like PARCC and SBAC, while still providing meaningful instruction not focused on test-prep.

African-American Heroes included:

→Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

→Doris Miller

→Rosa Parks

→The Little Rock Nine

→Booker T. Washington

→Sojournor Truth

→Thurgood Marshall

→Madam C.J. Walker

→Harriet Tubman

→MLK & Rosa Parks Paired Text Question

→End of Unit Response Question

Digital included: Each of the biographies and questions are provided in Google Slides as individual files. Students read the text, highlight evidence using the built in highlighters, and write their written responses with the prefilled text boxes. The text is provided in a readable format for screen readers. Each digital version is provided with an easy access link.

**The complete passage and questions for Martin Luther King, Jr. is provided in digital and printable form for free at:

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Responding to Text-Based Inferential Questions**

Download it and try it out with your students in January, then come back and buy the full unit to last you the rest of January and February!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.


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