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 5-7. Students will first read an informative 950-word biographical text on the great American president Ulysses S. Grant. The article traces his life story chronologically as well as provides a review of both the successes and failures of this great American leader. (Please see the Preview).
After the reading there are thirty-six fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice questions that require application of Common Core Standards to a thorough close reading of the biography. At the end is a discussion question that asks the student to evaluate why Grant’s picture has graced the American $50 bill for over a hundred years now.
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).
ELA and Reading Standards
RI.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
RH.6-8.8: Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
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