Mysteries and Wonders Passage and Assessment #27: Machu Picchu: Inca Citadel

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Machu Picchu is the remote 15th-century Inca citadel located almost 8,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Lost and forgotten by the world for several centuries after being abandoned, the overgrown city was re-discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American professor. This text tells the amazing story of Machu Picchu: how it was built and what it looked like in its heyday, what may have happened to the people who lived there, and how Hiram Bingham uncovered Machu Picchu and learned more about it.

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 900+ words called “Machu Picchu: Inca Citadel” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.3

2) A set of 28 questions, from fill-in-the-blank to more challenging, aligning with these Common Core Informational Text Standards:
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.4.7. Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
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.

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