Halloween Reading Comprehension Passages - Close Reading Activities

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Halloween Close Reads with Mystery Pictures, provided in both DIGITAL and PRINT formats, are designed to engage students in analyzing text using close reading comprehension strategies.  This resource motivates students to persevere through the multi-draft reading process with the use of the mystery grid picture, making it a fun activity that students will ask for again and again! 

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This Halloween set features three different texts about the history of the holiday, how it’s celebrated around the world, and more!  Students will love learning about all things Halloween as they read 3 different text types: one fiction passage and two informational.  These texts are DIFFERENTIATED at three reading levels, so all students will be appropriately challenged!  As they complete the close reading process, students will build comprehension by answering text-dependent questions. Here’s the fun part: their answers to the questions will help them “decode” and color the corresponding Halloween-themed mystery grid picture! 

Graphic organizers and writing prompts are also included to enhance reading comprehension and can be used as you see fit!  Want to see for yourself? Check out this fun FREEBIE to see how the text levels and questions can work for your classroom! 

This activity is perfect for training students to read a text multiple times in order to truly understand it. By reading a text more than once, annotating it, and answering questions, students will learn to find and analyze:

  • Author’s purpose
  • Text structure
  • Text-based evidence
  • Central ideas

      ...And more!!

What’s Included?

  • Teacher Pages: explaining the different parts of the resource and how to use it in the classroom
  • Digital Copies: of the student pages for assigning via Google Slides or Powerpoint + instructions
  • 3 Different Texts: passages that are differentiated into three different reading levels. 1 fiction and 2 nonfiction texts
  • 10 Text-Dependent Questions: corresponding to each passage (Option to use with or without the mystery grid)
  • 3 Mystery Grid Pictures:  one for each passage, corresponding to the text-dependent questions
  • 3 Writing Prompts: one for each passage
  • Graphic Organizers: as an option to use with any of the texts
  • Student Printables: close reading/annotating tip sheets to print for the students to keep/use during the process. Perfect for notebooks!

Texts Included in this Resource

✔ "Samhain" a fiction passage about a Celtic boy that is celebrating with his family the holiday where Halloween originated

✔ "Halloween Around the World" an informational passage about how Halloween and other similar holidays are celebrated all over the world

✔ "History of Halloween" an informational passage about where the holiday of Halloween came from and what has made it what it is today

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