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I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at a public school in Arkansas, with 7 years of teaching experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and am certified for P-8. I also hold a P-12 certification in ESL. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade. My teaching specialties are reading, science, and technology, although I love every subject. I am a computer programmer, and absolutely LOVE using the flipped classroom technique and new technology in my classroom.

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I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at a public school in Arkansas, with 7 years of teaching experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and am certified for P-8. I also hold a P-12 certification in ESL. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade. My teaching specialties are reading, science, and technology, although I love every subject. I am a computer programmer, and absolutely LOVE using the flipped classroom technique and new technology in my classroom.
The History of Basketball: A Non-Fiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade
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The History of Basketball: A Non-Fiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade

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Got boys that love sports but hate to read?? Here's a non-fiction passage about the history of basketball sure to get them geared up to try out the original rules at recess, while giving you an awesome assessment of their close reading skills! "The History of Basketball: A Non-Fiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade" is a close reading passage and questions designed to engage students in close reading, reading comprehension strategies by presenting a non-fiction sports-based passage. Students who love sports will enjoy this article on the origin of Basketball, reviewing the original rules of Basketball, and having the opportunity to create their own game and rules with a partner. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The reading passage is written on a beginning-of-the-year 6th grade Reading Level. This makes the passage ideal for 4th and 5th grade students, because the nature of the assignment leads them to read closely for a greater understanding of a more difficult text. It is also ideal for 6th graders who need practice focusing on reading comprehension and question-answering strategies. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here. The seven questions range from basic knowledge to inference.
Nonfiction Close Reading Activities Bundle
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Nonfiction Close Reading Activities Bundle

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This Nonfiction Close Reading Activites Bundle contains ALL of the nonfiction close reading activities from my store. As new nonfiction close reading activities are added to my store, they will be added to this bundle. When new items are added, the price of this bundle will increase as well, although it will always be a discount over purchasing each close read individually. If you purchase this bundle now, all new updates with new close reads will be available to you, free, with a re-download from your My Resources page. The sooner you purchase the bundle, the better the price! Currently, the discount is at 16%. 9 close reading activities are currently included in this download, ready to print and go! These close reading activities have students focus first on reading the passage multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in ACT Aspire and PARCC testing, as well as on the SATs. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core and most state standards, and is best completed with short passages such as the ones provided here. Files currently included: *Bridges *Castles *Drones *Properties of Flight *American Constitution *Thermal Energy *Columbus Day *The History of Basketball *Dewey Decimal System