Reading Warm-ups - Blasts! – Grade 7 - Passages and Questions is a set of eighteen short reading passages from a variety of genres coupled with four or more multiple choice questions of corresponding reading objectives that assess student knowledge and performance. Each individual blast is designed to be used as a short, daily reading activity to help students review and practice grade seven reading objectives. Students read a passage and answer questions based on the passage. A mixture of fiction and nonfiction passages is included. An answer key and a matrix of reading objectives showing which passages include which objectives and for which questions are provided.
Reading objectives assessed in the questions following the passages include:
- Word Meaning
- Literary Nonfiction
- Compare / Contrast - Themes
- Make Connections Across Texts
- Myths / Tales
- Point of View
- Sensory Language
- Main Idea / Details
- Visual Features
- Text Features
- Text Structure
- Fact / Opinion
- Persuasive Texts
These warm-ups can be used in a variety of ways. You may have your students read the passage and answer the questions in class. The answers can be checked in class and discussed immediately. The warm-ups can be assigned as homework and checked in class the next day. Several warm-ups can be put together as a mini-test.
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Table of Contents
7.1 – Fiction - Story – A Windmill Dilemma
7.2 – Nonfiction – Expository – Wild Mustangs
7.3 – Fiction - Story - Enjoy Yourself
7.4 – Paired - Nonfiction/Fiction – Expository/Story – Cowboys on the Trail / Horse
7.5 – Paired – Literary Nonfiction/Fiction – Biography/Story – A Star / Selfless
7.6 – Paired – Nonfiction/Fiction – Expository/Poem – Dolphins and Porpoises / Fast and Wet
7.7 – Fiction - Drama – Running Away
7.8 – Fiction – Drama – Think Fast!
7.9 – Three Passages – Literary Nonfiction/Literary Nonfiction/Literary Nonfiction –
Biography/Diary/Biography - Eleanor Roosevelt / Dear Diary / A Small Book
7.10 – Paired – Nonfiction/Fiction – Expository/Poetry – Fireworks! / Up in the Sky!
7.11 – Three Passages – Literary Nonfiction/Literary Nonfiction/Literary Nonfiction –
Autobiography/Biography/Biography – My Architecture / Summer Fun / Two Houses Built by Frank Lloyd Wright
7.12 – Paired – Literary Nonfiction/Literary Nonfiction – Autobiography/
Autobiography – Samuel / A Special Little Boy
7.13 – Fiction - Story – The Recipe
7.14 – Fiction – Story – Marbles
7.15 – Fiction – Myth – Thunder
7.16 – Fiction - Tale – The Dragon’s Lair
7.17 – Paired – Nonfiction/Fiction – Persuasive/Story – The Great Outdoors / Bugs!
7.18 – Nonfiction – Persuasive - Advertisement - Magic Cleaning Wand