This US History reading and assessment activity helps address several Common Core ELA Standards that are listed below this introduction and is suitable for Grades 5-8. Students will read an informative 1000-word biographical text on the only American President to serve non-consecutive terms in the Oval Office, the great Grover Cleveland. The article traces his larger-than-life character and the actions of the man who was both our 22nd and 24th US President! It looks closely at the moments in American history that were influenced by his actions, such as the Panic of 1893 and the revolt of the Mugwumps in the 1884 election. Please see the Preview for the first page of the text and all the questions that follow.
After the reading are twenty-four fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and writing questions that require application of Common Core Standards to a thorough close reading of the biography.
This resource can be used in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, direct instruction in class, independent practice, absence work, homework, test prep, assessment, centers, etc).
Informational Text Standards
RI.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.4.2: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.4.5: Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
RI.5.2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.5.3: Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
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