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High-Interest Informational Text Passages & Tasks I - Print & Distance Learning

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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HIGH-INTEREST passages middle school kids love! How can they possibly love them, you ask? Easy! These passages are far more interesting and relevant to their everyday lives than most other passages are. Kids in grades 6, 7, and 8 keep reporting they LOVE the texts! And they get the chance to practice skills aligned to ALL 10 Reading Informational Text Standards. Win-win! And now it can be used for distance learning with Google Slides. Easy-print (1 page front-to-back) OR digital: you decide. MAJOR TIME SAVER!

NO PREP! READY TO GO!

Each task is centered around 1 standard, so by the time they do all 10 of them, they will have practiced ALL 10 informational text skills!

You'll find out how much kids love the passages, and you'll want Volume II!

EASILY INTERCHANGEABLE BETWEEN IN-PERSON AND DISTANCE LEARNING

Easy-Print Version: The texts and tasks are 1 page front-to-back so there's no stapling! For easy in-person learning.

Easy Distance Learning Version: 24 INTERACTIVE GOOGLE SLIDES so students can easily fill in the blanks (if you want) for easy digital distance learning.

10 sets of 1-page passages paired with 1-page targeted tasks for 10 Reading Informational Text Standards (College & Career Ready/Common Core Reading Informational Text Standards). These 10 paired printables and slides will help you to continually keep your students' interest peaked, prepare them for all those standardized reading tests throughout the year, and teach them some really cool new information they may have always wondered about! SPECIFIC TO SIXTH, SEVENTH, and EIGHTH GRADE LITERACY EXPECTATIONS.

This resource may become a must-have resource for you middle school ELA and Reading teachers trying to balance holding students' interest in reading AND aligning your curriculum to the rigorous reading standards. I'm here for you! I have created an awesome 1-page passage paired with a 1-page targeted task for EVERY RI standard! Some tasks even secondarily align to some of the Literacy in History and Social Studies (RH and WHST Standards) and Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects (RST and WHST standards) because the topics come in a wide variety of cross-curricular subjects. Science articles! Social studies connections! History! Primary Sources! Technical processes! And More!

EVEN NON-COMMON CORE CURRICULUM TEACHERS NEED THIS RESOURCE!!! THESE ARE UNIVERSAL ELA SKILLS DESIGNED TO MAKE KIDS "COLLEGE AND CAREER READY" AROUND THE WORLD!

AUTHENTIC TEXT TYPES: Faux blog posts, literary nonfiction from a newsmagazine, medical website look-alike, articles structured various ways, etc.

Check out what you'll get (& be sure to check out the preview):

CONTENTS:

Text #1: “8 Differences Between Japanese and American Middle School”

Task #1: Read Closely and Cite Textual Evidence

Aligned to: CCSS RI.1

Text #2: "Octo-Defense”

Task #2: Summarize Central Ideas

Aligned to: CCSS RI.2, CCSS RST.6-8.2

Text #3: “Pavlov’s Dogs”

Task #3: Analyze Interactions (among individuals, events, or ideas in a text)

Aligned to: CCSS RI.3, CCSS RI.7.3, CCSS RST.6-8.(NOTE: Student Summarizes Scientific Procedure)

Text #4: “Brain Freeze”

Task #4: Determine Word & Phrase Meanings

Aligned to: CCSS RI.4, CCSS RST.6-8.4

Text #5: “Moviemaking Magic”

Task #5: Analyze Text Structure

Aligned to: CCSS RI.5, CCSS RH.6-8.5

Text #6: “Beware of the Endangered Tree Octopus”

Task #6: Analyze Author’s Purpose & Point of View

Aligned to: CCSS RI.6

Text #7: Use “Brain Freeze”

Task #7: Compare Print to Multimedia Version

Aligned to: CCSS RI.7,CCSS RI.7.7

Text #8: “Do This to Fall Asleep”

Task #8A: Trace the Argument and Distinguish Claims

Task #8B: Distinguish Among Facts, Reasoned Judgment Based on Research Findings, & Speculation in a Text

Aligned to: CCSS RI.8, CCSS RST.6-8.8

Text #9: Use “Do This to Fall Asleep”

Task #9: How Authors Shape Presentations Differently

Aligned to: CCSS RI.7.9

Text #10: “The Story of an Eyewitness” (excerpt) by Jack London

Task #10: Comprehend Literary Nonfiction

Aligned to: CCSS RI.6-8.10, CCSS RH.6-8.10

PLUS ANSWER KEYS

Note: Reading one passage and doing one task will take the average student approximately 20 minutes depending on which one it is.

Tested on students at all skill levels and adjustments made accordingly!

NO PREP! COULD BE USED AS HOMEWORK! A GREAT FILLER ACTIVITY!

USE PASSAGES FOR MULTIPLE PURPOSES IF YOU WANT!! (Such as: write a summary, base research/argument on one, vocabulary study, etc.)

THEY WILL LOVE VOLUME II LIKE THEY LOVED VOLUME I. More passages they'll love and more practicing the standards.

I ALSO HAVE A NEW WEBSITE WITH FREE PRACTICE TEST QUESTIONS, INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS, FREEBIES, AND MORE AT LOVINGLANGUAGEARTS.COM

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YOU'LL ALSO LIKE THESE GRADE-SPECIFIC RESOURCES:

High-Interest Informational Texts paired with TASKS or PRACTICE TESTS aligned to EVERY SINGLE GRADE-SPECIFIC READING INFORMATIONAL TEXT STANDARD (AND MORE). You won't find these anywhere else! And you'll save yourself hours of internet searches trying to find the right texts for the right goals.

Students have been reporting how much THEY LOVE the passages because they are interesting and relevant to them. In easy-print one page front-to-back (PDF) for in-person learning or Google Classroom SELF-GRADING version for easy distance learning and major time saver! You are going to love these:

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Upper Elementary Bundle High-Interest Texts and PRACTICE TESTS

Upper Elementary Bundle High-Interest Texts and TASKS
6th-8th Grade High-Interest Informational Text Passages and TASKS - Volume I
6th-8th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts Passages and TASKS - Volume II
6th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and PRACTICE TESTS
7th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and PRACTICE TESTS
8th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and PRACTICE TESTS

Middle School Bundle High-Interest Texts and PRACTICE TESTS

Middle School Bundle High-Interest Texts and TASKS

9th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and PRACTICE TESTS

9th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and TASKS

10th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and TASKS

10th Grade High-Interest Informational Texts and PRACTICE TESTS

Note About the Practice Tests: The test items contain a variety of question types similar to SBAC, PARCC, STAAR, AZMERIT, CAASP, and all of the state standardized ELA assessment programs. The tests align to even more standards: Writing, Language, Speaking & Listening, Literacy in Science and History, etc. Items align specifically to the grade level, not just generally.

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Test Prep Workbooks Prepare Students For:

Alabama ARMT, Alaska SBA, Arizona NAEP & AzM2, Arkansas AABE, California CAASP, STAR & SBAC, Colorado CMAS & CSAP, Connecticut CMT & CAPT, Delaware DCAS & DSTP, Washington, DC PARCC, Florida FSA & FCAT, Georgia CRCT, Hawaii HSA, Idaho ISAT, Illinois ISAT, Indiana ISTEP+, Iowa ITBS & ITED, Kansas KRA, Kentucky CATS & KCCT, Louisiana LEAP & ILEAP, Maine NECAP & MEA, Maryland MSA, Massachusetts MCAS, Michigan MEAP, Minnesota MCA II, Mississippi MCT & MFLE, Missouri MAP, Montana MontCAS, Nebraska NeSA, Nevada NPEP, New Hampshire NECAP, New Jersey PARCC, New Mexico NMSBA, New York Regents NYSE & NYSTP, North Carolina EOG, North Dakota CAT & NDSA, Ohio OAT & OST, Oklahoma OCCT, Oregon OAKS, Pennsylvania PSSA, Rhode Island RICAS & NECAP, South Carolina PASS, South Dakota DSTEP, Tennessee TCAP, Texas STAAR & TAKS, UTAH SAGE & UPASS, Vermont SBAC & NECAP, Virginia SOL, Washington WCAP & WASL, West Virginia WESTEST, Wisconsin WKCE, Wyoming PAWS

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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