Paired Passages Blasts! – Guided Reading Lessons – Nonfiction #1 – Grade 3 is a set of four nonfiction reading passages paired with poems to help assess student knowledge of reading objectives for students in grade 3. The passages, questions, and activities from this product are the same as the first four nonfiction paired passages from Paired Passages with Guided Reading Lessons – Grade 3 which was previously sold as Guided Reading and More – Grade 3 - USA. Be careful not to duplicate your purchases.
Instructions for using the selections as guided reading practice are included with each set of passages. They are designed to provide teachers with before, during, and after reading lesson plans to help guide students through the selections.
The poems are paired to nonfiction passages with similar themes or topics. Nonfiction passages include informational and content area selections.
Multiple choice as well as short and extended answer questions follow each set of paired selections. Each question is designed to assess a specific reading objective.
Each set of passages can also be used as stand-alone assessment pieces without the lesson plans. Students independently read and complete the passage and question items. The teacher can then either score each assessment passage apart from the students and report back to them as to how they performed or the teacher can score the passage in class together with the students allowing for immediate feedback and discussion.
An answer key is included. The answer key tells the correct multiple choice answers and examples of best-score short and extended response answers.
Also included is a bibliography, a list of grade 3 reading objectives tested, a reading objectives matrix showing which passages assesses which objectives, and a list of higher level vocabulary found in each passage.
These same passages, poems, activities, graphic organizers and questions also appear in these Grade 3 products: Paired Passages Blasts! #1, 2, 3, 4 - Guided Reading Lessons and Paired Passages Super Blasts! - Guided Reading Lessons - Nonfiction. Be careful not to duplicate your purchases.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Purpose
Reading Objectives for Grade 3
3.2 “The First National Park” / “National Parks” (Nonfiction / Poem)
3.4 “The Sun” / “Star” (Nonfiction / Poem)
3.6 “Tarantulas” / “The Web”(Nonfiction / Poem)
3.8 “I Can See” / “Eye See” (Nonfiction / Poem)
Matrix of Reading Objectives for Grade 3
Paired Passages Blasts! - Guided Reading Lessons – Nonfiction #1 – Grade 3
Reading Objectives – Grade 3
Objective 1: The student shows an understanding of texts.
A. Vocabulary Development in Texts
1. The student uses a variety of strategies to determine meanings of words in context and increase vocabulary for reading, including the use of prefixes, suffixes, root words, multiple meanings, antonyms, synonyms, and word relationships.
B. Comprehension of Texts
1. The student reads and determines the main ideas and identifies supporting details.
2. The student is able to summarize text.
Objective 2: The student uses knowledge of literary elements to understand texts.
A. Characteristics of Texts
1. The student analyzes characters, including their traits, motivations, problems, points of view, similarities and differences, and changes they experience.
2. The student understands story plot, setting, and how problems are solved.
Objective 3: The student uses a host of strategies to analyze texts.
A. Comprehension of Texts
1. The student uses cause and effect or the chronological order of events to recall information.
2. The student finds similarities and differences in organization and presentation across texts.
3. The student uses outlines, timelines, or graphic organizers to
represent text information.
B Characteristics of Texts
1. The student identifies the author’s purpose of text such as to
inform, influence, express, or entertain.
Objective 4: The student applies critical-thinking skills to analyze texts.
A. Comprehension of Texts
1. The student draws inferences and supports them with evidence from the text.
B. Literary Response
1. The student supports responses by referring to the text.
2. The student compares and contrasts topics and ideas across texts.