This March-Themed Informational Close Reading Packet has everything you need for a complete Close Reading unit in your classroom. High-interest, differentiated reading passages about Dr. Seuss, The History of Breakfast Cereal, Superstitions and Their Origins, St. Patrick’s Day Around the World, and The Vernal Equinox are at the heart of this one-stop resource!
If you have never used Close Reading or even if you are already a pro, this 55-page packet truly is for you! It has everything you need for a complete, successful informational text reading unit.
Each of the 5 passages included in this resource is provided in two differentiated Lexile levels. One is in the fifth-sixth grade reading range, and the other is in the third-fourth grade reading level range. The Lexile level is given for each passage, along with a guide that provides the corresponding grade level for Lexile levels. I’ve taken all the guesswork out of differentiating and leveling of passages for you!
This helpful packet includes:
• 5 March-Themed Informational Passages (each passage has 2 differentiated versions)
• 5 Close Reading Activities for each passage
• End of Unit Culminating Writing Activities
• Guide Sheet
• Annotation Guide
• Answer Keys
These informational, high-interest, close reading passages are included in this unit:
• Theodore Seuss Geisel (March 2nd – Birthday of Dr. Seuss) Lexile levels 880 & 960
• The History of Breakfast Cereal (March 7 – National Cereal Day) Lexile levels 820 & 890
• Superstitions and Their Origins (March 13 – National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day) Lexile levels 930 & 1,070
• St. Patrick’s Day Around the World (March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day) Lexile levels 900 & 1,010
• Vernal Equinox (March 20) Lexile levels 880 & 970
This packet is both rigorous and Common-Core aligned. Questions have been carefully crafted to move readers from basic, recall questions to higher-level questions where students must cite evidence from the text to support their answers. There are 5 tasks/activities for each passage, moving from easier tasks to more challenging activities. Each passage and its corresponding activities offer a full-week’s worth of close reading.
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