Beautiful sea maidens, known as mermaids, have enchanted the imagination of human since ancient times. The fact that these creatures are entirely mythical has not stopped wishful thinking about their existence and stories of them being seen, living among humans, and even marrying them. This article examines the history of mermaids with examples of legends and stories about sea maidens from different historical periods, ranging from the ancient Babylonian times through Disney’s popular The Little Mermaid. The text concludes with an understanding that the fascination we have for mermaids does not overshadow the fact that there is no proof they really exist.
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.”
This product is part of a larger collection on Mysteries and Wonders. The bundle can be purchased at a 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 article of 900 words called “Mermaids: The Maidens of the Sea.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.2
2) A set of 24 questions, from fill-in-the-blank 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.
RI.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
3) Answers to every question.
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.
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The Town The Earth Swallowed
The Mystery of Amelia Earhart
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"
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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