“La Genialidad de Samuel Morse” is a Spanish-language informational passage with follow-up assessments written for Grades 5 and above. It was designed to be used in a bilingual class setting or Spanish-only environment.
Students read an engaging text about the life and achievements of Samuel Morse, the inventor of the once revolutionary but now-obsolete telegraph. Please see the Preview for a sample from this product.
The passage and assessment help address the following Common Core Standards for Grade 5-6 students:
Grade 5: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Grade 6: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Students complete a set of 17 assessment questions that involve sequencing events in the text, identifying the key focus of specific paragraphs, and making inferences based on evidence from the text. The activity concludes with a challenge for students, which is to investigate and report on another obsolete invention besides the telegraph (typewriter, cameras with film, pager, VCR, etc.) Answers provided.
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