The new Common Core ELA Reading Standards place more emphasis than ever before on informational texts, yet as of now there is a real lack of concrete ready-to-use material to support the development of those informational text standards. This text can help!
This printable can be used in Grades 4-6 depending on your students' ability levels and in a number of ways by teachers (teacher-directed study in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc). It has a great tie-in with US history as well.
The printable includes:
1) An engaging grade-level informational text of 800+ words on George Washington and his Mount Vernon home for students to read. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 5.8
2) A variety of questions, from simple to more challenging, designed with important Common Core Informational Text Standards in mind:
RI.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.4.5. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
RI.5.2. Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.5.5. Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
3) Answers to every question.