The “elixir of life”, the Philosopher’s Stone, turning lead into gold. These are all practices associated with alchemy. Alchemy was a philosophical and scientific tradition practiced throughout Europe for almost 2,000 years. The mysterious practitioners of alchemy hoped to purify and perfect objects, and they dreamed of creating an elixir of immortality as well as transmuting base metals such as lead into gold. This passage introduces students to the history of alchemy, beginning with Aristotle and ending with its abandonment in the 19th century. Famous alchemists and swindlers who called themselves alchemists are explored in an engaging article.
This 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. This is not the typical “one reading I'm done” comprehension work given far too often to our students. 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 “Alchemy and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.0
2) A set of 30 questions, from fill-in-the-blank to more challenging and creative. All require revisiting the article to locate the precise and best answer needed.
3) Answers to every question.
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