Time capsules are carefully-sealed containers filled with things from the present time and that are meant to be opened by people at some time in the future. American time capsules can be simple and created to be opened in a few decades, or they may be very large, complex units of storage designed to be opened thousands of years from now! This mystery and wonder article introduces American time capsules to students and then traces the story and contents of seven famous time capsules, four of which are still sealed and three that have been opened. 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.”
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Mysteries and Wonders Informational Passage and Assessment Collection
The printable includes:
1) An engaging, high-interest informational text of 900+ words entitled “Time Capsules in America.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.6
2) A set of 27 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.5.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
RI.6.8. Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
3) Answers to every question.
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