This is a fictional passage about a girl who is planting a maple tree and questioning why it has to be completed during the winter. Through visiting a Maple Tree Farm in Vermont, she learns about how the weather affects trees and how maple syrup is made. Designed for 4th and 5th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the story multiple times while searching for unknown words, literary devices, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy.
The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. Designed to help my own students with ACT Aspire & PARCC practice, I have tried to create a variety of lengths, topics, and levels of difficulty in my close reading activities. This passage is a shorter close reading activity, with two full pages of double spaced text for the reading passage.
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