Books and Passages

Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail

Passage

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/lessons/excerpt_from_martin_luther_king_jr_s_letter_from_the_birmingham_city_jail_1220_passage_and_questions.pdf

Grade: 6
Lexile Level: 1220L
Domain: U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/answer_key/excerpt_from_martin_luther_king_jr_s_letter_from_the_birmingham_city_jail_1220_answers.pdf

Grade: 6
Lexile Level: 1220L
Domain: U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Vocabulary

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_15084.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_15097.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_17112.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-letter-jackie-robinson-civil-rights_files.pdf
These texts have been paired because they both reveal the perspectives of prominent African Americans on the Civil Rights movement.
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/paired/ptqs_mlk_birmingham_jackie_robinson_1.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

I often use the "paired text" feature, which I love. However, over and over again I continue not to find an answer key for the paired selection. I only find it for the original piece and not the paired piece. Am I just missing it?

You have to search for the paired text and access the answer key from there.

The answer key for "Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights" can be found by going to its passage page. For your convenience, here's a link to it: "Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights" 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 think there should be a comma after the word: "shocking"...line 6. I think the phrase that follows is a dependent clause.
Thoughts?

Independent cleauses can begin with "But" because it is a coordinating conjunction and not a subordinating conjunction.

These type of AUTHENTIC TEXTS from REAL- LIFE SCENARIO opens up new thinking perspectives for students towards Freedom movements... it builds knowledge , information and widens the horizons of learners towards world's view....

This is a great complement to our regular text. Students with a lower reading level can have the same material to work with.

Exercises are very useful

I find this very useful and informative for my grade 6 students. Thanks a ton!

I love this website. It has helped my Bilingual students increase their vocabulary and comprehension.

I'm happy to know this. It is very important to acquire competency while hurdling new language.

my students got a 100 or a 89 on this

I love this website. This helps my students a lot.

Good for MLK day or to teach rhetoric

I paired this with MLK's complete I Have a Dream speech. We tore it up looking for figurative language and rhetorical devices! They loved it and learned so much.

Great Idea! Thanks for sharing.

There passages are great! They are practical in providing essential information and the opportunity to practice important reading skills. THANKS!

very great questions

very helpful and good questions!

THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!

One of our 4th grade classes used a portion of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech as a fluency read for the week. They also showed a You Tube video (3 minute portion) of the speech and read MARTIN'S BIG WORDS by Doreen Rappaport as a read aloud. I'm planning to use those along with ReadWorks differentiated reading passages for my ESL class of Level 1 and 2 7th and 8th grade EL students. Thanks to Read Works for your great resources!

I was going to use it as a back to school lesson in Jan. Since the next week is the MLK holiday and I wanted the students to be familiar with KIngs other writings. I bought the audio book with the full letter. I am going to pre teach with Ethos, Pathos, & Logos as an intro to persuasion....

Thanks I might do  for my students !!!!!!!!!

What would be a good lesson to pair this with?

Try the article, A Lesson On Courage: Rosa Parks

This text and question set may work well as an additional resource to build background knowledge with The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 novel study unit, or the When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson comprehension unit.

very innovative qestions.