This January-Themed Informational Close Reading Packet has everything you need for 5 complete Close Reading units in your classroom. High-Interest, Differentiated Reading Passages about The History of Spaghetti, The Bald Eagle, Chinese New Year, Grandma Moses, and Squirrel Facts are at the heart of this one-stop resource!
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If you have never used Close Reading or even if you are already a pro, this 55-page packet truly is for you! It has everything you need for a complete, successful informational text reading unit.
Each of the 5 passages included in this resource is provided in two differentiated Lexile levels. One is in the fifth-sixth grade reading range, and the other is in the third-fourth grade reading level range. The Lexile level is given for each passage, along with a guide that provides the corresponding grade level for Lexile levels. I've taken all the guesswork out of differentiating and leveling of passages for you!
This packet includes:
• 5 January-Themed Informational Passages (each passage has 2 differentiated versions)
• 5 Close Reading Activities for each passage
• End of Unit Culminating Writing Activities
• Guide Sheet
• Annotation Guide
• Answer Keys
This packet includes these informational, high-interest, close reading passages:
• The Perfection of Pasta (January 4, National Spaghetti Day) Lexile levels 750 & 1,030
• The Return of the Bald Eagle (January 5, National Bird Day) Lexile levels 780 & 970
• Squirrel Celebration (January 21, Squirrel Appreciation Day) Lexile levels 790 & 960
• Chinese New Year (January 28, Chinese New Year) Lexile levels 740 & 920
• Grandma Moses: Famous Artist (January 31, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day) Lexile levels 790 & 950
This packet is both rigorous and Common-Core aligned.
Questions have been carefully crafted to move readers from basic, recall questions to higher-level questions where students must cite evidence from the text to support their answers. There are 5 tasks/activities for each passage, moving from easier tasks to more challenging activities. Each passage and its corresponding activities offer a full-week's worth of close reading.
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Looking for MORE CLOSE READING packets? Here you go:
Close Reading for the YEAR Bundle
Arctic Animals Close Reading
U.S. Landmarks Close Reading
Black History Close Reading
Amazing Insects Close Reading
Solar System Close Reading
February Close Reading Packet
Other Close Reading Packets
Looking for other helpful Reading and ELA resources? Take a look here:
Reading Task Cards
Writing Task Cards
Reading Comprehension Passages and Monthly-Themed Packets
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