Books and Passages

American Government - Preamble to the United States Constitution

Passage

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/lessons/860_american_government_preamble_to_the_united_states_constitution.pdf

Grade: 4
Lexile Level: 860L
Domain: Civics & Government
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/answer_key/american_government_preamble_to_the_united_states_constitution_answers.pdf

Grade: 4
Lexile Level: 860L
Domain: Civics & Government
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Vocabulary

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_13221.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_13233.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_13575.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/pages/vocabulary_worksheet_2-8.pdf

Paired Text Lesson

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/passages-circus-comes-town_files.pdf
These texts have been paired because they both address the topic of government responsibility.
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/paired/ptqs_circus_preamble.pdf

Standards

This Passage & Question Set, related Vocabulary materials, and Paired Text align to the following Common Core Anchor Standards:

Passage & Question Set
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10

Vocabulary Material
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.6

Paired Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.9

Full Standards Descriptions


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.9
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.6
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

User Comments

Wish the paired passage had an answer key too! (I can make one, it just takes time...)

The answer key for "The Circus Comes to Town" can be found by going to its passage page. For your convenience, here's a link to it: "The Circus Comes to Town" Passage Page

As for the "Paired Text Questions," we do not provide the answer keys for them at this point in time. As you know, we are committed to providing the highest quality, research-based content, and providing educators with more and more of it. In order to provide the most value to educators and their students, we felt it was more important to write more paired texts and the questions than writing the answers at this point in time. We wish we could do everything at once, but it will take some time. It is our intention to provide answers for the "Paired Text Questions," but we cannot give you a definitive time frame as to when this will happen.

I love Readworks!! I just started using it!

how do you only save the passage part and not the questions?

Hello there! Try downloading the Passage & Questions PDF. Then delete the pages with the questions in the PDF. Hope that helps. Happy Teaching!

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Very useful and perfect for my next lesson.

This is so ideal. I have a Time magazine for students that will work well as a companion piece with this passage. I can't wait. Thank you so much.

I used this material. It is excellent. Assistancing with the reading my self-contained students had practice with more complex text and still were able to gain important information.
thanks so very much

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Great little exercise for my students. NIce reading passage to works on details and descriptive sentences.