This September calendar lists one historic event corresponding to each school day of the month. Develop background information with your students by discussing these high interest Day in History events. Hyperlinked to each calendar day is a link to three differentiated learning passages over each event available from Reading Specialty. Download the free V-J Day differentiated passage from my store for an example and try it with your class.
Information about Differentiated Reading Passages (purchased separately or at a savings as a bundle from Reading Specialty):
Questions for each passage appear in standardized test format, helping students to prepare for high-stakes testing. Each passage contains these types of questions
Nonfiction passages are based on events which occurred on this day in history. Although the topic was selected to correspond to a historical event, the passage is completely stand-alone and appropriate for any day of the year. Mix and match by purchasing the topics you want or save with monthly bundles and give your students daily opportunities to develop background knowledge and improve their comprehension.
September 1, Titanic
September 2, V-J Day
September 4, Little Rock Arkansas Desegregation
September 5, Voyager One
September 6, Princess Diana
September 7, Panama Canal Treaty
September 8, Ford pardons Nixon
September 11, 9-11
September 12, Lascaux Caves
September 13, Walter Reed
September 14, Star-Spangled Banner
September 15, Sandra Day O’Connor
September 18, brief history of the US Capitol
September 19, first hot air balloon ride
September 20, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
September 21, Stonehenge
September 22, Dead Sea Scrolls
September 25, Benedict Arnold
September 26, Federal Trade Commission
September 27, Model T Ford
September 28, Confucius
September 29, Rockefeller
This covers every school day for September this year, Passages will be added to cover the September days next year.
Passages have been evaluated using a minimum of 5 different readability formulas. The first passage is the most challenging, with an average reading level of 9th-10th grade. The second passage has an average readability of 8th grade. The third passage averages a 6th-7th grade level. With teacher introduction and background information, the passages have been used successfully with younger readers.
One subject for the class with differentiated passages allows the teacher to discuss, develop background knowledge, show a video clip or engage the full class yet provide for individual differences.
Students and teachers using multiple passages can assess student progress. Diagnostic charting shows teachers and students patterns of errors with main idea, vocabulary, organizational patterns, inference, and summarization. Compiling data is easy and motivating with student completed charts.
Included in the Differentiated Reading Passages available from Reading Specialty:
➢ A nonfiction passage written at three different grade levels for each topic listed above
➢ Questions over each passage for each level.
➢ An answer key for each passage
➢ A chart to monitor progress and collect data in the five assessed areas (main idea, vocabulary, organizational patterns, inference, and summarizing)
Included in this free download:
A September calendar including a Day in History event for each day of the month.