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Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics

Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Paired Passages - Social Studies Topics
Product Description
These 8 pairs of nonfiction reading passages each have a Social Studies theme. There are a total of 16 passages. Each pair is presented with 6 questions (2 from the first passage, 2 from the second passage, and 2 that make connections across the texts). They are perfect for test prep or any time of the year to help students prepare for state tests, or for whole group or small group instruction, centers, homework, RtI, or warm-up work.

Kids will love the engaging topics that include such interesting comparisons as Sam Houston and Cynthia Ann Parker; the Alamo and Santa Anna; Coronado and Cabeza de Vaca; Charles Goodnight and the King Ranch; life of a cowboy and workers on the Transcontinental Railroad; animals in Big Bend and Yellowstone; Crazy Horse Mountain monument and Mount Rushmore; and the Dust Bowl and the Galveston Hurricane 1900.

The passages require close reading and a high level of thinking. Many inference questions are included to get your students thinking deeply about their nonfiction texts. Each pair of passages is about a Social Studies topic to facilitate your cross-curricular instruction. Reading levels have been assigned to each reading passage that coordinate with the Common Core Stretch reading level Bands.

By downloading the preview, you can see the entire file you are purchasing so you can adequately determine if this resource meets your needs.

Titles Included:

1. The Honorary Cherokee and The Adopted Comanche Woman
2. Five Interesting Facts About the Alamo and Surprising Facts About Santa Anna
3. The Seven Golden Cities and The Explorer Who Became a Slave
4. An Old West Legend and The King Ranch Family
5. The Life of a Cowboy and Building the Transcontinental Railroad
6. Animals of Big Bend and Who Lives in Yellowstone?
7. Carving Crazy Horse Mountain and Mount Rushmore
8. Black Sunday and The Galveston Hurricane of 1900

These nonfiction paired passages and questions are easy to copy front to back, so you use only one sheet of paper per student for each practice.

Links to Other Sets of Reading Passages:

Set 1 - 16 passages
Set 2 - 12 passages
Set 3 - 12 passages
Set 4 - 12 passages
Bundle of all Four Sets


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April Close Reading
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Reading Comprehension Bundle
Story Elements
Text Connections - Paired Reading Selections
Main Idea Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format
Sequence Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format
Author’s Purpose Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format
Inference Story Cards
Cause and Effect Task Cards with Quiz

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I have had the honor of writing professionally for The University of Texas at Austin. The texts you will be receiving are of the same quality you would receive from any publisher.


The license you are purchasing is to use this resource only in the classroom of the teacher who purchases it. Please purchase multiple licenses for a discounted price if this is for more than one teacher. Thank you for your honesty and for respecting my work.

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Total Pages
26 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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