The Perfect Christmas Tree: A Winter Close Read is the fictional story of a boy who starts out with a detailed list on how to choose the perfect tree. As the story unfolds, Charles learns the importance of understanding and using lists and rules when making decisions. Designed for 4th and 5th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the story multiple times while searching for unknown words, literary devices, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy.
This close reading passage has a Lexile level of 610L.
The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
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