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 950-word biographical text on the fifth American president, James Monroe. The article traces his military and political life chronologically and looks closely at great moments in American history that were influenced by his actions, such as the Louisiana Purchase and Monroe Doctrine. Please see the Preview for examples of the text and all the questions that follow.
After the reading are twenty-eight fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and writing questions that require application of Common Core Standards to a thorough close reading of the biography.
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.5.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
RI.6.2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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