January 8th Common Core Close Read with Text Dependent Complex Questions

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January Packet for 8th Grade!

Common Core Standards and Lexile Levels are included!

Close reading comprehension questions modeled after the Common Core standards for middle school.

All of the following excerpts, charts, passages and diagrams are associated with either a variety of multiple choice reading comprehension questions, open-response questions, student inquiry, both short and long answer questions or a combination of strategies.

Students will get used to taking complex-question assessments. Use for; weekly assessments, pre-assessment, post-assessment, progress monitoring, and whatever else you have in mind!

Questions involve; close reading, using context clues, inference, poetry elements, plot, characterization, analytical reading, comprehension, reading for meaning, vocabulary and so much more!

January Packet Includes:
1- Fiction – An excerpt from The Bully Busters pg. 4
- Key Elements: close read, deciphering meaning, tone, mood, characterization

2- Nonfiction – An excerpt from I Have A Dream pg. 12
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, main idea, tone, mood, opinion (students must have a general background about the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement)
- Reference: I Have A Dream speech

3- Nonfiction – Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. pg.22
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning
- PLUS – Extra activity – Nonfiction Connections

4- Nonfiction – Interpreting Maps (Washington D.C. Metro Map) pg. 28
- Key Elements: Reading a map, analyzing maps, text features, directions

5- Nonfiction – Interpreting Maps (London Tube Map) pg. 31
- Key Elements: Reading a map, analyzing maps, text features, directions
- Interpreting maps – both maps compare/contrast pg. 34

6- Drama – An excerpt from Sorry Wrong Number pg. 36
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, elements of drama, characterization, stage directions, plot, dialogue, mood

7- Nonfiction – Biography Nelson Mandela pg. 44
- Key Elements: understanding text, summarization
- PLUS – Extra Activity – Creating a timeline

8- Poetry – O Captain! My Captain! (this is a challenging poem) pg. 51
- Key Elements: poetic elements, close read, deciphering meaning, imagery, types of poems, tone, narrative summary

9- Fiction – An excerpt from A Tale Dark and Grimm pg. 55
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, tone, characterization, changes in characters, plot, point of view
- PLUS – Extra Activity – Analyzing the Plot

10- Poetry – The Time Thief pg. 62
- Key Elements: Close read of a poem, poetic devices, theme, summary
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**NOTE: If you are purchasing more than one grade level packet of the same month within middle school (6-8) please note that they are extremely similar. Some passages/questions differ depending on the monthly packet. Please read the contents carefully and email if you have any questions!

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Have a great year!
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January 8th Common Core Close Read with Text Dependent Com
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January 8th Common Core Close Read with Text Dependent Com
January 8th Common Core Close Read with Text Dependent Com