The Sky's The Limit-at least, that's what this astronaut's mother always told him! This close read is only one page long, perfect for shorter class periods or lots of class discussion or modeling. Written on a 5th grade level, the passage is written so that the questions and reading instructions have students focusing on word choice, repeated phrases, and author's meaning.
Designed for students to first read independently and then again with a partner, this activity encourages students to reread text, while teaching them strategies for close reading.
The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice. This specific close read was created with Standardized Test Prep in mind, and the questions have the look and feel of Benchmark/SAT 9 test questions. The reading passage is written on a 5th grade Reading Level, which makes the passage ideal for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, as 4th grade students can focus on reading closely with harder texts, and 5th & 6th grade students can focus on making sure to read simple texts closely.
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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.
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