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Grade: 5
Lexile Level: 1010L
Domain: Arts, Culture, and Religion, Geography & Societies
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Grade: 5
Lexile Level: 1010L
Domain: Arts, Culture, and Religion, Geography & Societies
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy



Paired Text Lesson
These texts have been paired because they both discuss a traditional festival in East Asia.


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

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Full Standards Descriptions

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.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

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.

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.

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I wish the paired text questions had an answer key.

The answer key for "Hong Kong's Bun Festival" can be found by going to its passage page. For your convenience, here's a link to it: "Hong Kong's Bun Festival" 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.

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