California Gold Rush Reading Comprehension Challenge – Close Reading Activity
Ensure understanding with this California Gold Rush Close Reading Comprehension Challenge. Students will examine the reading passage multiple times to complete each of the six tasks using the non-fiction, informational text. The best part…NO PREP for teachers. Just Print and Go! Great addition to your Westward Expansion unit.
Topics include: California Gold Rush, Sutter’s Mill, James Polk, panning, boomtowns
Students will work in pairs (or individually) and race to complete 6 tasks. A friendly competition always increases engagement. Students will use reading comprehension skills to complete each task. As students complete each task, they will bring you their answers for you to quickly check. After checking, they can color in the box on the completion sheet. They will repeat the process until all 6 boxes are colored in.
This activity can be used for partner activities, anticipatory sets, unit review, sub plans, extension activities, early-finishers, stations, or independent work. How you choose to set it up in your classroom is up to you. You my also choose to do one task per day or complete them all in one or two class periods.
✔️ Task 1: Fill in the Blank Reading Passage
✔️ Task 2: Vocabulary Practice
✔️ Task 3: Crossword Puzzle
✔️ Task 4: Text Marking
✔️ Task 5: True or False Word Scramble
✔️ Task 6: Summary and Supporting Details Graphic Organizer
✔️ Student Completion Sheet
✔️ Teacher Answer Key (when applicable)
✔️ Teacher Directions
✏️ Highlighters or Color Pencils (Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow)
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