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 read an informative 1000-word biographical text on John Quincy Adams, who served in more high government offices than any president in US history. As the minister to three European countries, the US Secretary of State, a US president (1821-1825), and finally as a US Congressmen for 18 years, Adams devoted himself to independent and honest public service. This is his life story, from his childhood travels and adventures as the son of John Adams, second President, to his final days in Congress as a fierce abolitionist.
After the reading are twenty-four fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and short-answer 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.
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