Four Close Reading Passages with Text Dependent Questions - Christmas (US)

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4th, 5th
Common Core Standards
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Christmas is an extremely busy time of year! Let us save you some time! These Grade Four and Grade Five Christmas-themed close reading passages will engage your students while reinforcing important reading skills - great reading comprehension activities!

What this resource is all about

This pack includes FOUR Grade 4 and Grade 5 texts: two informational texts and two literature texts with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks. These link directly to many of the Common Core State Standards.

The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go informational texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.

This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyze, Evaluate, Create).

These activities are aligned to the majority of the Grade Four and Five Common Core State Standards (see the Activity Information pages for more details on the exact CCSS in each activity).

Say goodbye to short simple passages with three multi-choice questions, and say hello to the future: quality close reading passages, engaging topics (more to come too folks!), exciting higher order thinking activities, and most importantly, growth in your students' reading comprehension and writing abilities!

In this pack you will receive:

1. Four texts - all with an extended and scaffold version:
- Radical Reindeer (Informational Text)
- The History of Christmas Cards (Informational Text)
- Mama's Happy Christmas (Literature Text)
- The Elves and the Shoemaker (Literature Text)

2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and aligned with the Common Core State Standards
- Remember
- Understand
- Apply
- Analyze
- Evaluate
- Create

3. Four Graphic Organizer Examples
- Information Web
- Timeline
- Character Web
- Story Web

4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions

5. Two 'Tips For Use' pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom with links to the Common Core Language Arts Standards.


Other Christmas Resources:

Christmas Collection - Bundle of Christmas Themed ELA Resources

Create-Think-Solve Creative Thinking Prompt Cards Christmas Edition

Christmas Daily Writing Prompts - PowerPoint, Journal, Worksheets

20 Christmas Speech Topic Cards for Public Speaking Oral Presentations

5 Christmas Spelling Activity Task Cards and Print and Go Student Worksheets


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Four Close Reading Passages with Text Dependent Questions
Four Close Reading Passages with Text Dependent Questions
Four Close Reading Passages with Text Dependent Questions
Four Close Reading Passages with Text Dependent Questions