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Plate Tectonics Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations

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Plate Tectonics Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

This resource is designed for a Plate Tectonics unit. It contains 4 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!


Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 4 Reading Passages!

COMMON CORE ALIGNED!

Aligned with Plate Tectonics Interactive Notebook (Not required to use this resource, but recommended)

Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) Pangaea & The Continental Drift

-Description of Pangaea (the hypothetical supercontinent that includes all current land masses)

-Alfred Wegener and his theory

-Describes continental drift and defines the different parts of the earth that can slide, move apart, or move together.

-Describes what geologists do and how they can tell that the continents drifted apart (rock formations, coal deposits, etc.)

Keywords: Pangaea, Alfred Wegener, continental drift, continental plate, oceanic plate, ocean trenches, lithosphere, mid-ocean ridge, oceanic crust, geologist

2.) Volcanoes, Tsunamis, And Earthquakes, Oh My!

-Overview of geological events that can occur after the shifting of tectonic plates.

-Description of volcanoes and where they are located (and why)

-Description of tsunamis and where they are located

-Description of earthquakes and where they tend to occur. Also describes what can happen after an earthquake (volcanic eruption, landslide, etc.)

3.) Plate Tectonics: How Plates Move

-Overview of the mechanics of how tectonic plates move

-Describes transform boundaries, divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries in detail

-Describes why plates move (convective flow)

Keywords: transform boundaries, divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries, convective flow

4.) All About Seismic Waves

-Overview of seismic waves

-Overview of how they are recorded (seismograph) and the different parts of a seismograph

-Definitions of P waves, S waves, surface waves, and body waves

-How seismic waves are produced (by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, explosions)

Keywords: seismograph, seismic waves, P waves, S waves, surface waves, body waves

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Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

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