Yes, this passage is from a real book! Which means it is an authentic text that you can use along with 4 pages of text-dependent questions.
This is the first chapter of Mysterious Encounters: Urban Legends by Rachel Lynette (that’s me!), used here by permission from the publisher, Cengage Learning. I am the author of more than 120 nonfiction books for children from a variety of publishers. Urban Legends is a high-interest topic that is sure to motivate even your most reluctant readers.
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I formatted the text very much as it is found in the actual book (there are two page per sheet, print out in landscape, pages 4-8). The pictures, while not exactly the same as those in the book, are similar. The pages are numbered for easy reference. The text has not been decorated with borders or clip art, and the font is not “cute” in order to retain the authenticity of the text and also to allow room in the margins for annotation. The chapter is around 1,200 words, not including text boxes and captions and is written at about a fourth grade level. The pages will print out fine in gray scale.
In addition to the text there are 4 pages of text-dependent questions plus an extension activity for students to apply what they learned about the topic (print in portrait, pages 11-14). There is one clearly labeled page for each section of the chapter. The questions focus on many close reading skills including: inference, vocabulary, main idea, paraphrasing, summarizing, relating text features to the main text, analysis, evaluation, and of course reading for detail and understanding. Answer keys are included (page 15) as well as a half-page annotation guide (page 9).
You can find the book online or very possibly at your city’s public library if your students would like to continue reading about this intriguing subject. However, there is no need to acquire the book, as this first chapter can stand on its own.
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