This October calendar lists one historic event corresponding to each school day of the month. Develop background information with your students by discussing these high interest Day in History events. Hyperlinked to each calendar day is a link to three differentiated learning passages over each event available from Reading Specialty. Download the free V-J Day differentiated passage from my store for an example and try it with your class.
Information about Differentiated Reading Passages:
(purchased separately or at a savings as a bundle from Reading Specialty)
Questions for each passage appear in standardized test format, helping students to prepare for high-stakes testing. Each passage contains these types of questions
Nonfiction passages are based on events which occurred on this day in history. Although the topic was selected to correspond to a historical event, the passage is completely stand-alone and appropriate for any day of the year. Mix and match by purchasing the topics you want or save with monthly bundles and give your students daily opportunities to develop background knowledge and improve their comprehension.
October 2, Gandhi
October 3, Berlin Wall
October 4, Henrietta Lacks
October 5, Steve Jobs
October 6, Bomb Shelters
October 9, Washington Monument
October 10, Susan B Anthony
October 11, Hillary Clinton
October 12, Christopher Columbus
October 13, Margaret Thatcher
October 16, John Brown
October 17, Mother Teresa
October 18, Alaska Purchase
October 19, American Revolution, Yorktown
October 20, Calico Jack, pirate
October 23, New Orleans mint
October 24, Stock Market Crash
October 25, United Nations and China
October 26, Patriot Act
October 27, New York Subway opens
October 30. Anne Frank
October 31, Halloween
This covers every school day for October this year, Passages will be added to cover the September days next year.
Passages have been evaluated using a minimum of 5 different readability formulas. The first passage is the most challenging, with an average reading level of 9th-10th grade. The second passage has an average readability of 8th grade. The third passage averages a 6th-7th grade level. With teacher introduction and background information, the passages have been used successfully with younger readers.
One subject for the class with differentiated passages allows the teacher to discuss, develop background knowledge, show a video clip or engage the full class yet provide for individual differences.
Students and teachers using multiple passages can assess student progress. Diagnostic charting shows teachers and students patterns of errors with main idea, vocabulary, organizational patterns, inference, and summarization. Compiling data is easy and motivating with student completed charts.
Included in the Differentiated Reading Passages available from Reading Specialty:
➢ A nonfiction passage written at three different grade levels for each topic listed above
➢ Questions over each passage for each level.
➢ An answer key for each passage
➢ A chart to monitor progress and collect data in the five assessed areas (main idea, vocabulary, organizational patterns, inference, and summarizing)
Included in this free download:
An October calendar including a Day in History event for each day of the month.