I work with a class of wonderful students who are bright and engaged but who struggle when faced with the unfamiliar - whether it be an open-ended task, a question stem worded in an unusual way, or vocabulary words they have never heard or read before. As teachers, we must work hard to increase our students' flexibility so that they feel confident facing the unknown and unfamiliar. One component of doing that is exposing them to as many different kinds of texts and tasks as possible. They need to be able to apply their knowledge and skills to any kind of reading and writing task they encounter both in the real world and in a testing situation.
This passage is a combination of a recipe (for pumpkin pie) along with some informational text about the history of pumpkin pie. The text is short but has some complex syntactical structures that make for good close reading and conversation with students. The multiple-choice questions (and one short-answer question) ask students to do all the following and more:
* consider genre of an entire text and a paragraph within a text
* determine author’s purpose
* use context clues to define challenging vocabulary words
* to distinguish between fact and opinion
* to identify the purpose of text features such as pictures
* to carefully read directions
* to determine the intended audience of a piece
* to interpret a chart and determine where additional facts from the text belong in the chart
An answer key is included.
This text was created with third-grade students in mind but could be useful for grades 2-5 depending on your students' needs (and the level of support you want to provide during the activity).
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