Practice paired reading in realistic fiction and nonfiction while learning about Ancient Egypt! This seven-page activity begins with reading a nonfiction passage about the Karnak Temple, the largest temple built in Egypt, and then answering questions. Students are prompted to go back to the text and highlight or underline where they found the answer (or a clue for the answer, in the case of an inference). Students answer questions about information that was presented in the passage, as well as fill in missing information on a chart.
On the third page, students read a realistic fiction story (although based on a true story) called A Stepson's Revenge. There are comprehension questions that follow specifically about that passage.
On the fifth page, students then answer questions that compare the fiction and nonfiction passages.
The sixth page has a bar graph that shows the height of different features in the Karnak Temple (columns, obelisks, and statues). The questions involve interpreting the information presented on the graph.
Finally, the last page is a writing prompt to get kids thinking about what kind of monument they would build to celebrate their success if they were a pharaoh. Questions help kids think through ideas to give them a starting-off point.
This activity provides perfect practice for paired reading comparisons found on state tests. It also provides related math and writing practice about a high-interest subject!
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