Got boys that love sports but hate to read??
Here's a non-fiction passage about the history of basketball sure to get them geared up to try out the original rules at recess, while giving you an awesome assessment of their close reading skills!
"The History of Basketball: A Non-Fiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade" is a close reading passage and questions designed to engage students in close reading, reading comprehension strategies by presenting a non-fiction sports-based passage. Students who love sports will enjoy this article on the origin of Basketball, reviewing the original rules of Basketball, and having the opportunity to create their own game and rules with a partner. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The reading passage is written on a beginning-of-the-year 6th grade Reading Level. This makes the passage ideal for 4th and 5th grade students, because the nature of the assignment leads them to read closely for a greater understanding of a more difficult text. It is also ideal for 6th graders who need practice focusing on reading comprehension and question-answering strategies.
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Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here. The seven questions range from basic knowledge to inference.
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The History of Basketball: A Nonfiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade
by Elements of Elementary
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