Although Pete Gray lost his right arm in an accident at the age of 6, this disability did not stop him from pursuing a career in sports. Signed to a professional baseball contract at age 27, Pete soon advanced to the major leagues and actually played in 77 games for the 1945 St. Louis Browns. His story is one of determination and achievement and sadly, is not as well known as it once was. The story of the “One-Armed Wonder” will be certain to inspire and amaze your students. This text follows Pete’s life from his birth to his death in 2002, with most of the passage dealing with his time in the majors.
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! Please download the Preview to see part of the text and ALL the questions included with the text.
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” Sports Informational Text and Assessment Collection
The printable includes:
1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 900 words called “The Amazing Pete Gray.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 5.6
2) A set of 25 questions, from simple to more challenging, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards:
RI.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.5.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
RI.6.8. Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
3) Answers to every question.
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