King Ludwig II of Bavaria ruled his German homeland from 1864 until 1886. Assuming the throne at age 18, Ludwig slowly lost interest in ruling and instead turned both his attention and his country’s substantial wealth toward castle building. The memorable result of his building obsession was Neuschwanstein, a fairy-tale castle perched on a giddy mountain spectacle and one of the most famous buildings in the world. This article traces Ludwig’s unusual life and introduces the reader to the eccentricities and lavish spending that eventually led to his overthrow as well as the mysterious death of Ludwig within three days of leaving power.
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 article of 880 words called “Ludwig: The Mad Castle Builder” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.8
2) A set of 21 questions, from fill-in-the-blank to more challenging, aligning 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.4.2. Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize 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.5.9. Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
3) Answers to every question.
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