Football is America’s sport. It’s been a part of our culture and society for well over 100 years, yet the game has not always been played with the same rules as college and NFL games today. In the late 1800s football was a brutal and accident-prone sport, with many injuries and deaths resulting from a game and tactics that resembled rugby. This article tells the story of the accidental invention of that most potent of all offensive weapons in football: the forward pass. Football legends like John Heisman, Pop Warner, and Knute Rockne all had a hand in introducing the forward pass to the game in the early 1900s.
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 Forward Pass is Born.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.4
2) A set of 24 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.4.2. Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.6.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Ri.6.5. Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
3) Answers to every question.
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