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This Close Reading Passage – Westward Expansion
This passage was written with 4th graders in mind, but I am labeling it for 3-5 since it could be used with more advanced third graders or weaker fifth graders. Because the information provided is historical information, it could also be used with much older kids. Just use your best judgment.
The push today in the elementary classroom is to teach the kids the skills of close reading. Focus on and analyze a shorter passage. Hold the details of the passage under a microscope to really examine it. This passage is short but it is jam packed with lots of historical info.
This paragraph passage is about events related to Westward Expansion: Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, California Gold Rush.
My passages make it easy to teach a reading lesson while also introducing a social studies topic. It's all about integrating social studies into your reading program.
I did not use any clipart on this because I wanted the focus to be on the words and not images.
There are no written student questions, but suggested teacher discussion questions are included.
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