Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, played by over 250 million people and watched in every nation of the planet. This informational article and assessment traces the origin of soccer back to China over 2,500 years ago. The passage then clearly follows the game’s colorful history and development through Roman times, medieval Britain, and the modern form of soccer played throughout the world today. The branches of the sport that evolved into rugby and American football in the 19th century are also explained to young readers. Please see the Preview for the first page of the passage and ALL the assessment questions that follow.
This Common Core-aligned informational reading and assessment can be used in Grades 4-8 depending on your students' ability levels and in a number of ways by teachers (teacher-directed study in class, close reading, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc). This is a high interest article that works equally well with either reluctant readers or in the regular classroom!
This passage and assessment is ideal as part of a close reading program in your classroom based around mastery of the Common Core! What does that mean to you as a classroom teacher? It means that this is not the typical “one reading I'm done” comprehension work often given before the Common Core Standards were created. To complete the assessment for the passage, students will need "to undertake the close, attentive reading and re-reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex and worthy works.”
This resource is part of a larger collection of “Strange and Amazing” Sports informational texts and assessments. The bundle can be purchased at a 40% discount to the price of the individual resources that are included by clicking below.
”Strange and Amazing” Sport Informational Text and Assessment Collection
The printable includes:
1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 800+ words called “The Story Behind The World’s Most Popular Sport.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.6
2) A set of 27 questions, from simple to more complex, written to measure comprehension of the passage and to develop student understanding of the origin and evolution of the sport of soccer. These Common Core Informational Text and Language Standards are addressed: L.4.5.C, RI.4.5, RI.5.3, and RI.5.4
3) Answers to every question.
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