FORTY-FIVE original 3rd grade close reading passages and activities that are PERFECT for teaching your students to become masters of close reading. There are eight fiction learning targets in this product. Each learning target has 5 passages specifically dedicated to it. The learning target for COMPARE AND CONTRAST TWO VERSIONS OF THE SAME STORY is extra special because it has a total of 10 passages so that your students can compare away!
Each passage has 2 pages of carefully written and consistent close reading tasks or text dependent questions. The first page of close reading tasks is specifically aligned to the learning target identified at the top of the page. The second page of tasks is a SPIRAL REVIEW of all the informational learning targets for the grade level. This is perfect for holding those kids accountable for everything they have already learned! No skill slipping on your watch!
• ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (Common Core Standard RL.3.1)
• MESSAGE, LESSON, OR MORAL (Common Core Standard RL.3.2)
• CHARACTERS (Common Core Standard RL.3.3)
• LITERAL VS. NONLITERAL (Common Core Standard RL.3.4)
• TEXT STRUCTURE (Common Core Standard RL.3.5)
• POINT OF VIEW (Common Core Standard RL.3.6)
• ILLUSTRATIONS ADD TO STORY(Common Core Standard RL.3.7)
• COMPARE AND CONTRAST (Common Core Standard RL.3.9)
DIGITAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION INCLUDED
In addition to the traditional printable pack, the activities in this download can also be assigned via Google slides or Google Classroom, which makes it very versatile for digital distance learning.
To see a video overview of the digital version as well as instructions for assigning these passages using Google Docs or Google Classroom, check out these videos:
SUGGESTED RELATED PRODUCTS
This is a perfect companion to use with my related Informational reading pack:
3rd Grade Common Core Close Reading Passages and Activities – Informational
BUT, if you are thinking about buying both the Literature AND Informational packs, you should get a DISCOUNT by buying it in a bundle!
3rd Grade Close Reading – Informational AND Literature BUNDLE
This product does NOT include the “Add-On” Differentiated Extension Pack. But you may be interested in it. It includes ALL of the passages in this product rewritten at a lower level for your struggling or developing readers. It can be found here:
3rd Grade Close Reading **Add-On Extension Pack** Literature
CAREFULLY CRAFTED READING PASSAGES
Each passage falls within the Lexile level of 450-790, which is the Common Core Standards expectation for 2nd-3rd grade. The Lexile level is marked at the top of each passage. The passages are sorted in order from least complex texts to most complex texts so you can guide your students as needed. There are a variety of text types including poetry, narratives, and plays. In terms of interest level, EVERY passage is written with a 3rd grader in mind.
WHAT STANDARDS IS THIS ALIGNED TO?
This product is most closely aligned to the Common Core standards. However, everything is referenced as “learning targets” so that it is applicable within any 3rd grade classroom. There are two options in this download. You can choose to either use a version that makes references to Common Core or a version that does NOT make references to Common Core. The content is the same in both files, but this option gives Common Core schools a specific reference to the corresponding standard, which may be helpful.
The Common Core standards consider 2nd and 3rd grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of 450-790. That means I use many (about 85%) of the same texts in both the 2nd and 3rd grade products. I only modify the passages slightly for text complexity and to better match the specific grade level standards. However, you will see that the questions and tasks on each of these grade level products are completely different and aligned to that grade level’s standards. If a 3rd grade teacher is looking for something to differentiate for lower level readers, I suggest my 3rd Grade extension packs – Informational DIFFERENTIATION PACK, Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK.
2nd Grade Close Reading – BUNDLE
2nd Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts
2nd Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts DIFFERENTIATION PACK
2nd Grade Close Reading – Literature
2nd Grade Close Reading – Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK
3rd Grade Close Reading – BUNDLE
3rd Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts
3rd Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts DIFFERENTIATION PACK
3rd Grade Close Reading – Literature
3rd Grade Close Reading – Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK
4th Grade Close Reading – BUNDLE
4th Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts
4th Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts DIFFERENTIATION PACK
4th Grade Close Reading – Literature
4th Grade Close Reading – Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK
5th Grade Close Reading – BUNDLE
5th Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts
5th Grade Close Reading – Informational Texts DIFFERENTIATION PACK
5th Grade Close Reading – Literature
5th Grade Close Reading – Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK
– Alyssha Swanson
Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain