We now know that the Vikings first landed in North America over 500 years before Christopher Columbus, and this informational text printable allows any class to have a one-day close and comprehensive look at the three most important early Viking explorers: Erik the Red, Bjarni Herjolfsson, and Leif Eriksson.
This non-fiction passage and assessment was written for Grades 5-8, can be used in either ELA or Social Studies classrooms, and is aligned with several key Common Core Informational Text Standards. It can be used in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, direct instruction in class, independent practice, absence work, homework, test prep, assessment, centers, etc).
I hope you find this individual product useful with your classes! This is just one of over 100 Common Core Informational Text Standards assessments I offer for Grades 3-9, both in individual format and in value-priced grade-level bundles. Help your kids practice close reading of non-fiction texts and nail down those standards! See below for links to these bundles or visit my TPT Store for a look at everything I offer that is aligned with CCS Informational Text Standards. Thank you!
The product includes:
1) A carefully written and engaging 1100-word historical passage called “Before Columbus: The Vikings.” The passage follows the timeline of the early Viking explorations (Erik, Bjarni, and Leif) in Greenland and North America and emphasizes that they were primarily looking for wealth and gain during their ocean travels. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.5
2) A set of 20 questions, from basic comprehension to text-dependent short answer questions, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards: RI.4.1, RI.4.5, RI.5.7, and RI.6.1.
3) Answers to every question. For the short answer questions that require evidence clear examples are given to guide your discussion and evaluation of students’ work.
While you are here, take a look at my popular Common Core Informational Text bundles, created to help busy teachers implement the ELA standards! All the printable assessments organized into easy-to-use collections.
Common Core-Aligned Informational Text Assessments: Grades 4-5
Common Core-Aligned Informational Text Assessments: Grades 5-6
Common Core-Aligned Informational Text Assessments: Grades 7-8
This item is bound by copyright laws and redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Any claims of correlation or alignment to the Common Core State Standards are solely those of Mark Aaron and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Mark Aaron is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.