September 11th Reader's Theater and Close Reading Toolkit Grades 4-8

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GREAT resource to talk about 9/11! I cannot say enough it gave my students great insight into the day.
This was a great way to cover the material of 9-11 with my students. I used this with a multi-grade class.
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September 11, 2001 was a significant day in our American history. I created this reader's theater toolkit in order to give my students my history of the event, as well as allow for them to deepen their understanding through research.

This toolkit includes:

• clear directions for easy implementation

• CCSS covered both ELA and History R.H.6-8.4

• 7-page, 12-character reader's theater script

• reader response questions

• context clue word work

• an informational text with reader response questions for Close Reading and compare and contrast work

• a Venn diagram for compare and contrast between the two texts

• Interview questions

• research sites for student research

• research bubbles, an interactive tool for recording research

Estimated Lexile Measure: 800

I have included a prologue so that your students will have an understanding of how this reader's theater came to be. They will be more excited than ever to find out a bit more about our US History!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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