Dinosaur Unit ~ Informational Text for Close Reading ~ Text Dependent Questions

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Dinosaur Unit ~ Close Reading ~ Text Dependent Questions : We have developed this Common Core aligned, complete Dinosaur Unit with CLOSE Reading passages, research report, text dependent questions, and essential questions that contains everything needed to teach a rigorous unit on the dinosaurs. Original CLOSE Reading nonfiction passages were created to help teach your students about dinosaurs. CLOSE reading instructions and an anchor chart are included to help you incorporate this skill into your teaching. There are text dependent questions aligned with each passage, a set of vocabulary cards with definitions to accompany each nonfiction text, a research report, Common Core Essential Questions, performance tasks, and RAFTS. A variety of other graphic organizers and activities are included. This unit emphasizes "Depth of Knowledge" (D.O.K.) throughout.

We do encourage you to supplement with any other books, videos, and websites that you already use; they will blend nicely with our CLOSE reading passages. You can use this unit in its entirety, or “pick and choose” the components to meet the needs of your students.

This unit contains the following elements:

• CLOSE reading nonfiction passages with illustrations:

o Passage number one is “What is a Dinosaur?”
o Passage number two is ‘”Anatomy and Physical Characteristics”
o Passage number three is “The Age of Dinosaurs”
o Passage number four is “Dinosaur Diet and Habitats”
o Passage number five is “Types of Dinosaurs”
o Passage number six is “Dinosaur Extinction”

• Vocabulary cards with definitions for each CLOSE reading passage with pictures

• CLOSE Reading Instructions PowerPoint ( or handout) explaining the steps of CLOSE Reading

• Anchor Charts for student annotation and Discussion Topics for CLOSE Reading

• “Text Dependent Questions”, to be used after all passages are read; this is intended as a summative assessment, or practice in citing textual evidence and giving examples from the reading of nonfiction text

• Common Core Essential questions (to be used after all passages are read, can be used as a summative assessment or a performance task)

• Dinosaur Research Report (template to be used to write a complete report on dinosaurs). This can also be used as a performance task. This is a separate product included for FREE!!

• RAFT ideas (explanation included if you’re not familiar with RAFTS)

• Cognitive Content Dictionary (to be made into a “book” for student vocabulary words, definitions, and pictures

• KWL Chart ( you can use this at the beginning of the unit to ascertain what they may already know about the dinosaurs)

• Venn Diagram to compare and contrast similarities and differences.

• A Tree Map Graphic Organizer ( a grammar component for students to analyze the words in the passages and their parts of speech)

• A CLOZE worksheet (a fill-in the blank) worksheet and answer sheet to accompany each passage to assess vocabulary attainment and your students’ ability to utilize context clues.

If you like this product, please check back soon as we will be posting new products in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly help you. You can send us a “Question” through our store or email us at theteacherteam@gmail.com

Thank you!

The Teacher Team

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References:
http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/info/everything/what.html
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dinosaurs/
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
http://dinosaurs.about.com

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Dinosaur Unit ~ Informational Text for Close Reading ~ Tex
Dinosaur Unit ~ Informational Text for Close Reading ~ Tex
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