Hi Friends…. This year on September 17th for Constitution Day, I wanted to do something a bit different than I have done in the past. This year, I decided to teach about Constitution Day during my Guided Reading groups by doing a close reading activity. I felt that this was a perfect way to use a rigorous text on a wonderful topic about our history. Prior to doing our close read on Constitution Day, I plan on showing a few short video clips about the constitution. Here is one video that I am planning on showing….
I will also use this text as well. If you click the image you can see it on Amazon.
During my Guided Reading groups, I will work on a close reading with my students on this important day in history. We will also complete a Constitution Day Tab-Its that correlates to the close reading passage. The students will focus on Key Details of the close reading passage by focusing on the topic of the passage and some of the main details. The students will also engage in Vocabulary development, by using context clues and the dictionary to understand new and challenging vocabulary in the text passage. They will also analyze the close reading passage by answering higher-level questions using text evidence from the passage.
The close reading passage can be stapled inside of the Tab-Its booklet or can be glued on the adjacent page in your Interactive Notebooks. This is the format that I have used in all of my Close Reading activities. While these pictures show a George Washington Carver close reading, it is just to give you a frame of reference as to what the Constitution Day Close Reading will look like.
I hope you will check out my resource and help your students learn and understand the importance of this day that changed the history of our country.