Six expository nonfiction readings about the Middle Ages for World History or ELA nonfiction reading. Great supplement for Crispin: The Cross of Lead or any Medieval historical fiction. Includes a variety of comprehension questions. The topics are Feudalism, Medieval Cities and Towns, Medieval Rebellions, The Black Death, The Plague Today, and The Decline of Feudalism. Aligned with CCSS for both Informational Reading 4-8 and History/Social Studies 6-8. See the Preview for a sample of the reading level and types of questions to determine if this is appropriate for your students.
Great for centers, early finishers, groups, homework, extra credit, textbook supplements, a menu of choices, a reading/study skills class, a springboard for a research report, and more. Pairs perfectly with Avi's Crispin: The Cross of Lead, with details on Wat Tyler's Rebellion in the Medieval Rebellions reading. Super cross-curricular activity for social studies and language arts!
49-page packet includes:
--6 readings, two pages each with illustrations
--separate comprehension and vocab activities for each reading
--3 lined, decorated sheets for any writing activity in this packet or in your unit
--answer keys for all questions, including teacher notes
--visually appealing clip art, black and white for easy photocopying, appropriate for intermediate or middle grades
--list of CCSStandards covered for History Literacy 6-8 and for Reading Informational Text, 4-8.
Questions include context clues, primary vs secondary sources, inference, main ideas/details, cause/effect, interpreting visuals, author's purpose, sequence, fact/opinion, comparing viewpoints, graphic organizers,vocabulary, map, and more. Responses are multiple choice, short answer, fill-in, completing a graphic organizer and more. Mini-lessons and explanations are included for many skills such as context clues, primary vs. secondary, and more.
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See a longer, more detailed nonfiction reading about the plague,
past and present, that includes two other plague pandemics in addition to the medieval Black Death:
The Plague: Past and Present Nonfiction Reading
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Reading Comprehension Strategies and Student Self-Assessment
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