These reading activities give students the opportunity to think about the informational text that they are reading. Students use digital devices to complete the activities. Important Common Core skills such as finding textual evidence and determining the central idea are included. No copies or handouts are needed.
This informational text is broken down into small sections. Each section is followed by an activity that enables students to process what they have just read before moving on to the next section. Some of the reading activities can be done in pairs.
This resource can be used in place of the textbook or as a supplemental resource. It is compatible with most textbooks. It can also be assigned for homework to students who have access to iPads and laptops at home.
Students with iPads or laptops use notebook paper along with their devices to read and complete the activities. This resource also works for students in a classroom with a large projection screen (69”H x 71”W or larger) and an LCD projector.
Topics Covered in the Informational Text:
1. Patriots, Loyalists, and Undecided Colonists
4 Common Sense
This Resource Includes:
1. notebook paper setup examples
3. informational text about the patriots and loyalists
4. reading activities: quick review, write questions, contrast, and determine the central idea
5. a close reading of an edited excerpt of "Common Sense"
6. an explanation and illustrated example for determining the central idea
7. an answer key
1. determining the central idea of an informational text section
2. writing a summary sentence for an informational text section
3. cite textual evidence to support analyses of a primary source
4. cite textual evidence to support analysis of what text says explicitly
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