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St. Patrick’s Day Mini-Unit| St. Patrick’s Day Close Reading and Writing Activities| Ireland |Northern Ireland | St. Patrick
In this St. Patrick’s Day resource, students learn facts about Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the man known as Saint Patrick while practicing important reading skills. It includes three original informational passages (each with two levels), structured close reading practices, writing response activities, writing pages, vocabulary booklet, and more. Close reading exercises have students scouring texts for examples of key ideas, text structure, vocabulary, author’s craft and more.
This resource was designed to be little to no-prep for you – simply print and go. The resource is flexible and can be used in whatever way is best for your students. Complete all five days as a mini-unit or introduce day one and save the rest for morning work, homework, in centers and stations, or as an emergency sub plan.
This product includes:
1. Passages on The Republic of Ireland. Two levels are included - one appropriate for high third grade - fifth grade and the second for second - third grade students.
2. Passages on Northern Ireland. Two levels are included - one appropriate for high third grade - fifth grade and the second for second - third grade students.
3. Four Close Reading Activities for use with the passages. Students work independently and in partners to study each passage closely.
4. Reading Response Activities. Using what they’ve learned about each country, students decide which they would rather visit. In their responses, students explain their choice and support it with evidence from the text. The second asks students to think about a critical portion of the St. Patrick text and decide if they would have made a similar choice.
5. St. Patrick Passages and Text Practice. Two levels of the passage are included - one appropriate for high third grade - fifth grade and the second for second - third grade students.
6. St. Patrick’s Day Writing Pages. Use these as extra response sheets, in your writing center, for creative activities, letters, and more.
7. Vocabulary Booklet. Words important to the text fill the pages of this booklet. Students write a sentence telling what they knew about the word before reading the passage, a sentence on what they’ve learned about the word, make connections to other words, and draw their idea of the word in the box.
8. Vocabulary Grid. A vocabulary grid is i a great way to have students collect words that are new or interesting to them. Simply have students record important, interesting, or unknown words alphabetically as they read. This can be used later when completing the Close Reading practice page, starting a conversation about vocabulary, adding to their vocabulary booklets and more.
9. St. Patrick’s Day Close Reading Thinkmarks.
10. St. Patrick’s Day Student Bookmarks.
11. Answer keys for close reading activities.
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