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Pages
7 Pages
Subject
Reading Comprehension & Learning, Reading Skills
Languages
English
Product
Digital
Grade
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Resource Type
Assignments, Literature Circles, Reading Passages
Standard
Common Core English Language Arts Standards

Description

Prepare your students for academic success with this nonfiction reading comprehension unit. This 3 1/2 page informational passage with 24 questions will assist them in mastering text structure, inference, central idea, literary devices, and text evidence. It also contains twelve embedded academic vocabulary words from various divisions of science. These words are accompanied by definitions, parts of speech, a review, and a quiz.

Examples of Academic Vocabulary: biosphere, homeostasis, hypothermia, subsistence economy

Student Resources
Embedded Academic and Domain-Specific Vocabulary with Definitions
Reading Passage
Embedded Academic and Domain-Specific Vocabulary with Definitions
Reading Passage
The Planet Earth; Our Big Blue Marble
Antarctica
The Arctic
How Human Bodies Respond to Extreme Cold
How Living Creatures Adapt to Threatening Environments
"May We Never Tame It"
Twenty Comprehension Questions
Three Subjective Questions
Twenty Comprehension Questions
Three Subjective Questions

Teacher Resources
Vocabulary Review
Vocabulary Quiz
Answer Keys
Vocabulary Retention Strategies and Games

Excerpt I
Earth is the fifth largest planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. Only Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are more massive. Although it lacks a perfect spherical shape, writers often describe it as a blue marble. However, astronomers disagree. They theorize that Earth is an oblate spheroid. Much like a pumpkin, it bulges at its equator and flattens at its poles.

Excerpt II
Antarctica is one of two ice sheets on our planet. Its landmass is a flat plateau centered on a tectonic plate made of fused rocks. Created over millions of years, it reaches depths of three miles in some areas. Because it receives less than ten inches of moisture each year, science texts classify it as a desert biome.

Excerpt III
When the body reaches this point, the hypothalamus, a part of the brain stem, triggers an involuntary reaction. This response helps the body maintain its required internal heat. It accomplishes this life-saving task by redirecting the blood, causing it to surround the internal organs. When this occurs, the exposed victim's core temperature rises, resulting in homeostasis.

Excerpt IV
Like Antarctica, the Arctic is considered a circumpolar region. This term identifies an area near or around one of Earth's poles. In its waters, vast floating slabs of sea ice, up to thirteen feet thick, make their journeys. Wildlife, including the polar bear, narwhal, and walrus, survive in temperatures that reach -14 °Fahrenheit. At the Arctic Ocean's edges, tundra covers the permafrost, creating a more livable environment.
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