The 1960 Rome Olympics were witness to one of the most amazing and historic feats in Olympic history. An unknown Ethiopian runner named Abebe Bikila, competing in his first-ever marathon, triumphed on the Olympic stage in a time that easily set a new world record. What made the accomplishment even more remarkable was he ran the entire race barefoot! In 1964 Bikila repeated his Olympic triumph in an improbable manner that was almost as spectacular as his first marathon victory. This passage tells the story of Abebe Bikila’s triumph in 1960 and then follows his heroic but ultimately tragic life afterwards, which ended when he died at the age of 41 in 1973.
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” Sport Informational Text and Assessment Collection
The printable includes:
1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 900 words called “Abebe Bikila: Barefoot Olympic Champion.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.7
2) A set of 28 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.4.5. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
L.4.5.C. Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).
RI.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
3) Answers to every question.
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