Common Core Student Work Texts Close Reading Gr 8

The TestSMART® Common Core Student Work Text for Close Reading was developed specifically to address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This all-new, research-based series goes beyond multiple-choice questions, focusing on open-ended and extended-response items that require student-created responses.

Each book for Close Reading includes both literary (fiction, poetry, drama) and informational (expository, biography/memoir, argumentative) texts with learning tasks that address the CCSS for Reading.

See Product Details for a complete overview of the Student Work Text and the Teacher Guide.



All TestSMART materials are research-based. The Student Work Text is reproducible. A Teacher Guide with complete answer key is included in each Work Text.

Features of the Student Work Text for Close Reading:
• literary and informational texts that reflect the types of texts students encounter in the classroom or everyday reading
• authentic reading texts on interesting topics and ideas, including excerpts from well-known literary selections
• paired texts that require students to compare and contrast important points and key details in the texts
• open-ended and extended-response tasks that require students to use close reading to develop correct, complete answers
• emphasis on the critical-thinking skills necessary for close reading
• skill tags (labels) to identify both the standard(s) and the complexity level(s) for questions or an activity
• diagrams and/or graphic organizers to help students organize their thoughts and responses
(when appropriate)

The Teacher Guide section includes:
• overview of the work text and explanation of its key components
• complete list of the Common Core State Standards for Reading at each grade level
• explanation of “rigor” and complexity levels as they apply to the questions and activities in the work text
• explanation of “close reading” in the classroom and methods to support student thinking during close-reading activities
• suggested methods for using the texts and activities for classroom instruction
• suggested ways to integrate the literacy strands while using the texts and activities
• correlations for select work text items
• complete and thorough answer key, useful for items that have more than one right answer


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