Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is a rare and mysterious phenomenon that has been documented through the centuries and in many countries. The term refers to reported cases of a living person burning to death unexpectedly and without an external source of ignition. This article examines several famous cases of SHC as well as one scientist’s ingenious theory for why this happens. This resource contains no graphic images or disturbing language related to SHC and is suitable for your students.
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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1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 950 words called “SHC: Spontaneous Human Combustion”. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.0
2) A set of 22 questions, from fill-in-the-blank to more challenging. All require revisiting the article to locate the precise and best answer needed. Some questions ask students to use creative and critical thinking
3) Answers to every question.
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