Mysteries and Wonders Passage and Assessment #11: The Last Samurai

Mysteries and Wonders Passage and Assessment #11: The Last Samurai
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World War II ended in 1945, but for one Japanese soldier it carried on for 30 more years! Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese officer who went into hiding and continued to fight a guerrilla war on the Philippine island of Lubang from 1945 until 1974, when by a small miracle he was finally persuaded that the war had ended and he peacefully surrendered! This 1250-word informational passage tells the true story of Lieutenant Onoda and his unfailing devotion and loyalty to his country and his mission. Students are left pondering whether this man was a true hero who dutifully followed his last orders or just a stubborn fool who could simply not admit defeat. This passage and assessment can be used in Grades 4-8 depending on your students' ability levels and in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, teacher-directed study in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc). This is a very high-interest article designed for use with reluctant readers or in any regular classroom! Please download the Preview to see part of the text and ALL the questions included in the printable.

This passage and assessment is ideal as part of a close reading program in your classroom based around mastery of the Common Core Informational Text Standards! What does that mean to you as a classroom teacher? It means that this is not the typical “one reading I'm done” comprehension work often given before the Common Core Standards were created. To complete the assessment for the passage, students will need "to undertake the close, attentive reading and re-reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex and worthy works.”

This product is part of a larger bundled collection on Mysteries and Wonders. The bundle can be purchased at a huge 50% discount to the price of the individual resources that are included by clicking and purchasing the resource below!

Mysteries and Wonders Informational Passage and Assessment Collection

The printable includes:

1) An engaging, high-interest informational text of 1250 words called “Hiroo Onoda: The Last Samurai.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.8

2) A set of 31 questions, from simple to more challenging, written to align with these Common Core 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.4.5. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
RI.5.8. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
RI.6.5. 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.


3) Answers to every question. Detailed examples are given for the written task.

Grab the attention of your reluctant readers with any or all of the following individual Mysteries and Wonders passages and assessments! These articles with questions give you no-prep, ready to go printables right at your fingertips. Answer keys are provided for each resource.

The Loch Ness Monster
The Bermuda Triangle
Dowsing For Water
The Town The Earth Swallowed
The Mystery of Amelia Earhart
Superstitions
The Caves of Altamira
Tower of London Ghosts
Graphology: Science or Nonsense?
The Strange and Funny World of Names
Hiroo Onoda: The Last Samurai
America's Time Capsules
Palm Reading: Science or Nonsense?
Atlantis: Legend and Fact
The Great Martian Invasion
The Krakatoa Volcano Disaster
The Winchester Mystery House
The Abominable Snowman
The Giants of Easter Island
The Truth About Vampires
Werewolves of London
Swallowed By A Whale?
UFOs: Aliens, Hallucinations, or Natural Phenomena?
Mermaids: The Maidens of the Sea
Ludwig: The Mad Castle Builder
Secrets of Stonehenge
Machu Picchu: Inca Citadel
The Shroud of Turin
The Year Without a Summer
The "Human Calculators"
Firewalking
Dragons of the World
The Truth About Dragons
Alexander Selkirk: "Robinson Crusoe"
The Hindenburg Disaster
Our Human Cousins: Neanderthals
Mummies: The Unwrapping
The Search for Noah’s Ark
Alchemy and The Philosopher's Stone
SHC: Spontaneous Human Combustion

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Any claims of correlation or alignment to the Common Core State Standards are solely those of Mark Aaron and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Mark Aaron is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.

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