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 engaging and informative 850-word biographical text on great American president Harry S. Truman. The article traces his life chronologically as well as provides a review of the great moments in American history that this ordinary, modest man presided over as the leader of the country from 1945-1953. (Please see the Preview).
After the reading are twenty-eight fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions that require application of Common Core Standards to a thorough close reading of the biography. At the end is a discussion question that asks the student to evaluate whether Truman’s achievements while president were “extraordinary.”
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.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.
RI.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
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