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These reading activities give students the opportunity to think about the informational text that they are reading. Students use digital devices to complete the activities. Important Common Core skills such as finding textual evidence and determining the central idea are included. No copies or handouts are needed.
This informational text is broken down into small sections. Each section is followed by a short activity that enables students to process what they have just read before moving on to the next section. Some of these reading activities can be done in pairs. As students move through the assignment, they will gather evidence to answer the essential question.
This resource can be used in place of the textbook or as a supplemental resource. It is compatible with most textbooks. It can also be assigned for homework to students who have access to iPads and laptops at home.
Students with access to iPads or laptops use notebook paper along with their devices to read and complete the activities. This resource also works for students in a classroom with a large projection screen (69”H x 71”W or larger) and an LCD projector.
Topics Covered in the Informational Text:
1. Europeans wanted Goods from Asia
2. Columbus Finds the Americas instead of Asia
3. The Spanish find Riches in the Americas
4. Reasons for English and French Exploration in America
5. The English Explore North America
6. The French Explore North America
This Resource Includes:
1 a sample of how students should set up their notebook paper for this assignment
2 assignment instructions
3 an essential question
4 informational text about exploration in North America that is compatible with most textbooks
5 reading activities such as answer questions, write questions, quick review, recall, determine the central idea and answer the essential question with evidence
6 an explanation and illustrated example for determining the central idea
7 an explanation and illustrated example for using evidence to answer an essential question
8 an answer key
determining the central idea of an informational text section
writing a summary sentence for an informational text section
using textual evidence to answer an essential question
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