Solar System Reading Passages and Close Reading Passages Informational Writing

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Reading about the Solar System is an interesting Informational reading for students to do. After students read about it, they get to do comprehension questions and an informational writing on the Patterns in our Solar System.

This pack of Close Reading Passages includes differentiated reading passages about the moon, the sun, stars and seasons. They also include differentiated comprehension questions and step by step instructions on how to turn it into an informational writing activity.

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  • Close Reading Passages (Differentiated to 3 Levels)

- Sun

- Moon

- Stars

- Seasons

  • Comprehension Questions (2 Levels)
  • Informational Writing Steps
  • Step by Step Lesson Plans
  • Story Maps & Graphic Organizers
  • Writing Templates
  • How to do Close Reading in the classroom
  • Close Reading Schedule and Lessons


As a class or you can assign students individually, you will have the students read one of the 4 close reading articles. Choose their level. Teacher will follow the close reading schedule included in the unit. The student will do activities with the article including vocabulary and comprehension questions. Then students will start their informational writing piece on the topic, using their close reading article and our Inference Graphic Organizer. In the end they will have an informational writing piece completed. This can be repeated 4 times with each article included.

Check out our entire Solar System unit and Patterns in Nature

Check out some of our Solar System Blog Articles to see how these units could work in your classroom:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.


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