HIGH-INTEREST Passages Middle School Kids Will Love! How can they possibly love them, you ask? Well these passages are far more interesting and relevant to their everyday lives than most other passages are.
NO PREP! READY TO GO!
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 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!
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 new 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 RH and RST literacy standards because the topics come in a wide variety of cross-curricular subjects. Science articles! Social studies connections! History! And More!
EVEN NON-COMMON CORE CURRICULUM TEACHERS NEED THIS RESOURCE!!!
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):
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
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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.)