On the night of October 30, 1938, panic and hysteria swept America’s east coast when an hour-long CBS radio dramatization of the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds
convinced many listeners that the earth had been invaded by aliens from Mars. This passage tells the story of the strange events of that night, focusing both on the plot of radio play itself and the panic and fear that occurred in communities where people believed it to be real.
This Common Core-aligned informational reading and assessment can be used in Grades 4-8 depending on your students' ability levels and in a number of ways by teachers (teacher-directed study in class, close reading, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc). This is a high interest article that works equally well with either reluctant readers or in the 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! 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 1,000 words called “The Great Martian Invasion.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.7
2) A set of 25 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.5.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
3) Answers to every question, including guidance for evaluating the written prompt.
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