This lesson targets Common Core English and Language Arts standards for reading informational text. You can use this lesson to introduce, strengthen, or review identifying main ideas and supporting details in informational text. In addition to these standards, this lesson provides a strong springboard for students to understand writing concepts related to organizational patterns. In other words, once you have completed this lesson and used it to guide an academic conversation about how students came to their answers, you can mentor your sentences and paragraphs after those provided in this lesson.
You’ll find multiple passages in this lesson. Each passage includes the same essential content to explain the Day of the Dead, but the reading level (syntax, grammatical structures, and vocabulary) of each passage have been differentiated to support learners at various reading comprehension levels from first grade through fifth grade. Some ideas were omitted from the lower level text to target the main points that are most appropriate for students in first and second grade.
Please note that the "answer key" is the passage in its entirety.
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