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 read an engaging 950-word biographical text on the 25th American President, William McKinley. The passage follows his life story chronologically, beginning with his simple Ohio origins and ending with his re-election and tragic death through assassination in 1901. McKinley was one of the most popular presidents in American history, leading the country through a time of rapid economic growth and expanding world power and overseas possessions.
After the reading are 25 fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and written questions that require application of Common Core Standards to a thorough close reading of the biography.
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).
Informational Text 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.4.5: 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.
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.5.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
RH.6-8.8: Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
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