Winter Paired Texts targets reading comprehension using two different texts, (one fiction and one nonfiction) on the same themed topic. This 82 page packet is loaded with 8 passages (4 sets of paired texts) including 2 historical, 2 scientific, 2 biographical, and 2 technical pieces.
Each passage has comprehension questions for each which target a variety of reading strategies including main idea, theme, cause and effect, and more. There is also a vocabulary practice page for each set which includes Latin/Greek roots, synonym - antonym, matching and more. There is a double sided paired text worksheet that asks question requiring the student to refer to both texts, to analyze, and combine information to formulate answers. Plus three writing prompts (narrative, expository and persuasive) for each set. Rigorous for sure, but absolutely engaging topics your kids will enjoy!
Specifically, this set includes:
8 Double Sided Passages with a total of 4 paired texts
Valley Forge: Letters of a Soldier
The Lion and the Hare (Fable from India)
Roald Amundsen: South Pole Explorer
Sleds and How They Work
My Sled Dog
Vocabulary page for each set (total of 4)
Double Sided Paired Text Questions for each set (total of 4 = 8 pages)
Narrative, Expository and Persuasive Writing Prompts for each set (total of 12 pages)
I always make what I need for my classroom and this is no exception! I love this set and think you will too. I think it’s really hard as a teacher to find materials that are well–suited as paired texts, while having the supplemental components all in one place. To me, this is a real time saver for busy teachers, while being an effective tool at the same time!
***Please note, this unit is also included in a deeply discounted bundle called Paired Texts by the Season, which also includes paired texts for fall, winter (this unit), and spring. Click here to take a look:
Paired Texts by the Season Bundle for 4th – 6th Grades
Here are two sets of paired text materials for other seasons:
Fall Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
Spring Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
If you’re looking for more paired texts, here are two that you can use at any time of the school year:
Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
Paired Texts: Fiction to Fiction for 3rd - 5th Grades
I also like this Compare and Contrast Unit. It has short paired texts with lots of myths, folktales, and fables for 3rd - 5th grades:
Compare, Contrast and More for 3rd - 5th Grades
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