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While these Text Time Triple passages can be used independently, they were written to be used to compare and contrast in pairs or all three together. There are 30 passages, each presented at two reading levels (grades 3-4 and 4-5) for a total of 60 passages - all written by an experienced and published nonfiction children's author. You also get a variety of graphic organizers to help students compare the passages.
The passages are science and social-studies based to dovetail into your curriculum. The included text-dependent questions address a variety of close reading skills.
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The Show What You Know, text-dependent questions are identical for both reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages altogether, even if you have students using different reading levels. Note that some questions may be challenging for third grade students, especially near the start of the year.
The passages are sequenced in cycles of three. The three passages all focus on related topics. Each of the three passages can be identified with the same number, but a different letter as follows:
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) – this is usually an overview of the topic.
IT: Informational Text (nonfiction) with an illustration such as a map, chart, photo, diagram etc.
L: Literature (fiction) – this is a story or other fictional passage related to the topic.
In addition to passages and questions, there are also eleven printables:
-A half-page annotation guide.
-3 different formats for comparing and contrasting two related passages (chart, graphic organizer, written response).
-3 different formats for comparing all three related passages (chart, graphic organizer, written response).
-4 pages to guide students in writing an informational paragraph using facts gathered from their Text Time Triple reading: Taking Notes, Organizing, First Draft/Editing, and Final Draft.
The skills addressed in each passage are written in small print in the bottom left margin and in the table of contents for easy reference. The skills address most of the RI and RL Common Core Standards and include:
reading for details, main idea, summarizing, paraphrasing, inference, genre, setting/character/plot, theme, context clues/vocabulary, figurative language, author’s style, author’s purpose, point of view, mood/tone, text structure, text features, comparing and contrasting, interpreting an illustration (map, chart, diagram, table, or photo), analysis, and evaluation. These skills are also listed in the Table of Contents for easy reference.
These passages could be used for morning work, at a center or station, as part of a reading packet, with a small group, as homework, as enrichment for younger, highly capable students, as remediation for struggling students, or as test prep. For interactive notebooks, just cut the two sections apart.
About the Author
All of these passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, and several others. You can find my books on Amazon (I also write under the names: Lynette Robbins and Tori Miller). These passages are well-researched, well-organized, and age appropriate. They are no different than those you would find in a published nonfiction book.
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Passages Included in this Product:
1b The Walking Stick Bug
1c Walking Stick Escape!
2a Service Dogs
2b Dogs That Help
2c A Day in the Life of a Service Dog
3a Dwarf Planet Pluto
3b New Horizons
3c Poor Pluto!
4a The Titanic
4b The Wreck of the Titanic
4c We Survived
5a The Light We See
5b Refracting Light
5c Ethan’s New Glasses
6a The Transcontinental Railroad
6b The Golden Spike
6c Life on the Line
7a Fascinating Fossils
7b Body and Trace Fossils
7c Fossil Hunting
8a Ancestral Pueblo People
8b Ancient Apartments
8c A Visit to Mesa Verde
9a Honey Bees
9b Honey Bee Dances
9c A Letter to the Queen
10b The Ring of Fire
10c How the Rualdo Bird Lost its Song
-Half-Page Annotation Guide
-Compare and Contrast 2 Passages Printables (Chart, Graphic Organizer, Written Response)
-Compare and Contrast 3 Passages Printables (Chart, Written Response, Venn Diagram)
-Informative Paragraph Guides (Taking Notes, Organizing, First Draft/Editing, Final Draft)
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