The article “Sports in America” is a very complex text for fifth-graders (1330L).
Students hear this text read aloud before determining the main idea and writing a summary.
Students participate in a jigsaw to independently read and discuss author’s opinion and evidence they identify from smaller chunks of the text. Since this text is above grade level, important details are highlighted in each chunk to focus students’ attention on key words and phrases.
Chunks 2, 3, and 6 may be more appropriate for students who struggle with reading very complex text.
Ensure students accurately identify evidence: facts, specific details, proof, and data.