An engaging topic, interesting texts, and synthesis tasks combine for a memorable unit. In this unit, students will read two text sets about sea turtles, learning key features of expository text and active reading strategies along the way.
Text Set 1: Lights Out for Sea Turtles
A problem and solution article explains the problem of bright lights on beaches, and explains the ways that people have tried to solve the problem. This text is paired with a set of sample letters to the editor on the same topic. Multiple choice questions are included for both texts, as well as questions to compare the texts. Finally, students are tasked with putting the information together to create an informational sign for the public.
Text Set 2: Comparing Sea Turtles
The text structure of compare and contrast can be challenging for young readers. In this text set, students read two articles organized as compare and contrast. One article is organized in alternating style, while the other is clustered. Close reading activities engage students in marking text passages to reveal the organizational structure. Multiple choice questions are included for each passage. Finally, students use what they have learned to create their own compare and contrast text, using provided information and images.
Answers are provided for multiple choice questions. Texts show a range of levels from fourth to sixth grade to reflect the range of complexity that they will encounter on standardized tests.
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