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Mysteries and Wonders Passage and Assessment #4: The Town the Earth Swallowed

Mysteries and Wonders Passage and Assessment #4: The Town the Earth Swallowed
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Landslides most often occur when a mountain or hill collapses and slides on to a town below. But did you know that landslides can also occur on totally flat ground? This Common Core-aligned informational reading and assessment is about the bizarre natural disaster that destroyed the small Canadian town of Saint-Jean-Vianney in 1971. It can be used in Grades 4-7 depending on your students' ability levels and in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, teacher-directed study in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc). This is a high-interest article designed for use with 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.” Please download and look at the Preview for a better understanding of the product.

This product is part of a larger collection on Mysteries and Wonders. The bundle can be purchased at a huge 50% discount to the price of the individual resources that are included by clicking below!

Mysteries and Wonders Informational Passage and Assessment Collection

The printable includes:

1) An engaging and high-interest informational text of 800+ words called “The Town The Earth Swallowed.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 5.6

2) A set of 36 questions, from simple to more challenging, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text and Social Studies 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.5.2. Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.5.7. Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
RI.5.8. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
RI.6.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


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.

The Loch Ness Monster
The Bermuda Triangle
Dowsing For Water
The Town The Earth Swallowed
The Mystery of Amelia Earhart
Superstitions
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"
Firewalking
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

This item is a PAID digital download from my TpT store. As such, it is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws and redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Any claims of correlation or alignment to the Common Core State Standards are solely those of Mark Aaron and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Mark Aaron is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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