Turkey vs Bald Eagle: Paired Reading Comprehension Passages & Opinion Writing

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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96 pages
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National Bird: The Wild Turkey vs. the Bald Eagle Paired Passages & Opinion Writing - Digital & PDF

This is set of leveled paired passages or texts with reading comprehension tests, short response questions, and extended writing prompts. The included texts are non-fiction. The extended writing prompts provided are both for opinion writing. Targeted reading levels are 4th - 6th grades.

This resource is included in both PDF and digital (Google slides) formats. The digital copies are included in both a whole file format and broken into individual pieces to make it easier for teachers to assign the pieces in an online platform.

This product is designed to help students practice for state reading and writing tests such as FSA and MACS. Teachers can choose how to use this product.

Flexible Use

The two leveled texts can be used together for paired passages or could be used separately. An infographic is also included and can be used with either or both leveled texts.

Easy Differentiation

In order to differentiate, the leveled passages are provided at three different reading Lexile levels:

  • Level A - Low, 4th grade level
  • Level B - Medium, 5th grade level
  • Level C - High, 6th grade level

What is included in this product?

  1. Wild Turkey: Roast or Royalty? Passage – in 3 levels
  2. The Noble Bald Eagle Passage – in 3 levels
  3. The Wild Turkey vs. the Bald Eagle Infographic
  4. 6 reading comprehension and 2 short response questions for the Wild Turkey: Roast or Royalty? Passage
  5. 6 reading comprehension and 2 short response questions for The Noble Bald Eagle Passage
  6. Answer Key for all questions
  7. Wild Turkey: Roast or Royalty? Extended Writing Response – to be used with turkey information only or with turkey prompt and infographic.
  8. National Bird Extended Writing Response - to be used with both passages or both passages and the infographic.
  9. Standards Covered by this Product
  10. Testing Cover Page
  11. Testing Bubble/Answer Sheet
  12. Opinion Writing Rubric
  13. Final Essay Blank Writing Paper
  14. Digital copies of everything in Google slides.

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Do you need a writing center?

If you are looking for help teaching paired passages, please see my writing center. This product discusses how to teach and organize evidence-based writing.

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96 pages
Answer Key
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


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