Thanksgiving History: Passage - Distance Learning Compatible

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Let's clear up a few Thanksgiving myths. The "first Thanksgiving" was not one big meal. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans probably did not sit around a long table giving thanks together. And don't start picturing turkeys and pumpkin pie either. The real "first Thanksgiving" was quite different from how it is pictured in many places today.

With this resource, students will learn more about the real "first Thanksgiving" and why many people today picture turkey and pumpkin pie around the holiday. This high-interest passage is engaging, surprising, and fact-filled passages about real history! There is 1 original reading passage included on 5 reading levels covering grades 3-8, totaling 5 passages. Questions (as well as answer keys) aligned to Common Core State Standards are included for the passage. Students can respond to these questions after reading. This CCSS-aligned resource is research-based, differentiated to meet the needs of varying ability levels, rigorous, and written to engage. All passages and the question set included in this resource can be printed or shared digitally with students.

What is included? 1 PDF file + access to 1 Google Drive folder containing the following:

• 1 engaging reading passage - see specific topics below

- 5 differentiated reading levels for the passage

- CCSS-aligned question set + answer key for the passage [RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RI.5, RI.8]

• 3-day lesson plan for use of passages within guided reading groups

• Teacher's guide to using passages for homework and classwork

• Student's guide to close reading

How can I access the digital paperless version?

On page 1 of the PDF file you will have access to upon download, you will find a link to a Google Drive folder containing all reading passages, the question set, and the answer key. Directions for sharing the digital student response sheets with your students are included in the Google Drive folder.

How can I use this resource?

• To teach new information and supplement / enhance the textbook

• During Social Studies instruction, for close reading, and in guided reading groups

• For homework, classwork, morning work, center rotations, and research projects

• For assessment, unit review, and test prep

How will this resource help me?

• Easily and instantly differentiate your instruction

• Share the same rich information with every reader on every level in your class

• Integrate Social Studies and reading by practicing reading skills while learning about Social Studies content

• Fit everything into your busy schedule through integration


Differentiated Passage Topic Included:

→ Turkey-Less Truth Behind Thanksgiving

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The Other Side of the Thanksgiving Story

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Native Americans Passage Set Vol. 3

Native Americans Passage Set Vol. 4

Native American Complete Unit Plan


Differentiated Reading Levels Included:

The passage is included on multiple levels. [Learn more about the levels here!]

Passage levels are discretely labeled with a shape code.

LEVEL ONE → 3rd Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 2nd Grader, Below Grade Level 4th Grader]

LEVEL TWO → 4th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 3rd Grader, Below Grade Level 5th Grader]

LEVEL THREE → 5th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 4th Grader, Below Grade Level 6th & 7th Graders]

LEVEL FOUR → 6th & 7th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 5th Grader, Below Grade Level 8th Grader]

LEVEL FIVE → 8th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 6th and 7th Graders, Below Grade Level 9th Grader]


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Do you want to try a free sample from this passage? Or check out other free passage sets?

Download the preview file. Or click here to see all passage sets you can try out for free!

Do you have a question?

Please ask any and all questions before purchasing by emailing me at teachingisthesweetest@gmail.com.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.


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