This reading passage uses information from the National Christmas Tree Association (trade group for live trees) and the American Christmas Tree Associations (trade group for artificial trees) websites.
Document includes QR links to both organizations' websites and two links to YouTube videos discussing the pros and cons of live and artificial Christmas Trees.
Examples from this nonfiction informational text:
More than 94 million American homes will display a Christmas tree in their home this holiday season, according to a recent survey conducted by Nielson poling professionals. That number represents 79% of all households in the U.S. But what type of tree will you purchase?
According to the ACTA (artificial tree group), the average price consumers will pay for a live Christmas tree is $44, while the average price of an artificial tree is $79.
The ACTA (artificial tree group) promotes the conservation of living trees for their environmental benefits. The NCTA (live tree group) website also acknowledges the environmental importance of live trees.. Tree farms are credited with helping the environment in a number of ways. Benefits listed include: real trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, their roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, and trees provide a habitat for wild animals.
Both organizations claim their trees can be easily recycled. Artificial trees are made out of PVC plastic. Recycled PVC is a raw material that can be used to make thousands of different plastic products.
There are 8 student response questions spread out over two pages. Questions include: a Venn Diagram, Main idea / details organizer, Positive and Negative aspects sorting table, and multiple choice questions on fact / opinion, comparisons, and neutral sources.