Reading Comprehension Passages: October - Digital & Print Close Reading Activity

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  1. Practice lots of important ELA standards with this ALL-ACCESS BUNDLE of all 37 current sets of close reading passages with mystery picture activities, as well as, all future sets that I make. Just print and GO! Great activity for ELA practice + FUN! All sets include print and digital versions. Sets
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  2. This is a MONTHLY BUNDLE of 12 seasonal sets of Close Reading Comprehension with Mystery Pictures, provided in both DIGITAL and PRINT formats, and designed to engage students in analyzing text using close reading comprehension strategies.  This resource motivates students to persevere through the mu
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October Close Reads with Mystery Pictures, provided in both DIGITAL and PRINT formats, are designed to engage students in analyzing text using close reading comprehension strategies.  This resource motivates students to persevere through the multi-draft reading process with the use of the mystery grid picture, making it a fun activity that students will ask for again and again! 

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This October set features three different texts about the season, including a story about a mouse and a jack o’lantern, information on spider silk, and different kinds of bats.  Students will love learning about these October-themed topics as they read the 3 texts: one fiction and two non-fiction. These texts are DIFFERENTIATED at three reading levels, so all students will be appropriately challenged!  As they complete the close reading process, students will build comprehension by answering text-dependent questions. Here’s the fun part: their answers to the questions will help them “decode” and color the corresponding October-themed mystery grid picture! 

Graphic organizers and writing prompts are also included to enhance reading comprehension and can be used as you see fit!  Want to see for yourself? Check out this fun FREEBIE to see how the text levels and questions can work for your classroom! 

This activity is perfect for training students to read a text multiple times in order to truly understand it. By reading a text more than once, annotating it, and answering questions, students will learn to find and analyze:

  • Author’s purpose
  • Text structure
  • Text-based evidence
  • Central ideas

      ...And more!!

What’s Included?

  • Teacher Pages: explaining the different parts of the resource and how to use it in the classroom
  • Digital Copies: of the student pages for assigning via Google Slides or Powerpoint + instructions
  • 3 Different Texts: passages that are differentiated into three different reading levels. 1 fiction and 2 nonfiction texts
  • 10 Text-Dependent Questions: corresponding to each passage (Option to use with or without the mystery grid)
  • 3 Mystery Grid Pictures:  one for each passage, corresponding to the text-dependent questions
  • 3 Writing Prompts: one for each passage
  • Graphic Organizers: as an option to use with any of the texts
  • Student Printables: close reading/annotating tip sheets to print for the students to keep/use during the process. Perfect for notebooks!

Texts Included in this Resource

❶ "Clover's Unique Home" a fiction story about a mouse who makes a home out of an old jack o' lantern

❷ "Spider Silk: What is it & How is it Used?" an informational passage all about spider silk

❸ "The Mysterious World of Bats" an informational passage about different types of bats and the differences between them

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