This US History reading and assessment activity helps address several Common Core ELA Standards that are listed below this introduction and is suitable for Grades 5-8. Students will first read an entertaining and informative 1300-word biographical text on Thomas Jefferson. The article traces his life story chronologically as well as provides a review of the many other other interests and accomplishments of this great American leader/statesman and the writer of the Declaration of Independence.
After the reading there are twenty-three text-dependent multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions that require application of the Common Core Standards to the biography. At the end is a written question that asks the student to evaluate whether or not the author has proven Jefferson was indeed a “genius.” Answers are provided for all questions.
This resource 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).
RI.5.3: Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
RI.6.5: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
RI.6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
L.4.5c: Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).
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