Friday, October 25, 2013

November Close Reading Unit & Text Coding Sample for Teacher Freebie Friday

Hello Everybody! Can you believe this is the last Friday of October? I don't know about you but the last three months of the year always fly by. First there's Halloween, then there's Thanksgiving, and in a flash we celebrate Christmas. Please forgive me for such a long post. To see the Pin to Win scroll to the bottom.   

Today I'm linking up with the Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday

I am so excited to share this freebie with you because it highlights my newest unit. Thursday I finished our November Close Reading Passage Unit. It's full of fun informational texts to celebrate the month of November. 

Mastering the "Close Reading" of informational texts is critical! Truly engaging for specific purposes is essential and we can't forget to revisit. Repetition of the same passage is a must!!! 

Why do you revisit? 

We revisit to change our focus. From author's purpose, to making inferences (what's the real message or a hidden message the author is trying to get across), to asking thick questions, or to learn a new subject and internalize or take ownership of a text. 

I don't know about you--- but last year I used the Veteran's Day holiday to prepare the reading packets I sent home with my students for the Thanksgiving Break. I have always sent my students home with a reading packet for each and every break. I wish I started making these units 10 years ago when I first started teaching. Everything would have been so much easier. The time I would've saved to spend with my own little ones. So, I also included a cover that you can use in class or for a take-home packet. 

I tried but I just couldn't show everything in the preview. There's soooooo much! 165 pages and "No Fluff". Just print and go! Every question is aligned! A full alignment page is included. 

I forgot to mention that I'm trying to include technology in my products. I'm also going back into my older units CONSTANTLY--- to modify, tweak, and make improvements. 

So with this unit all you have to do is click the title in the table of contents and there you are--- you are "magically" at the passage desired. No scrolling or searching. Saving you TIME! Oh how precious time is!!!

Click here to see the full unit. 

Want it? 

Pin any image above. 

Then leave me a comment telling me you want it and your "Pin" url along with your email in case you win. 

I will choose two winners soon and revisit this post to announce the winners. 

I forgot to mention--- if you pick it up now at 50% off and you win--- I will give you $15 in store credit as the full product price is $15. 

Above is a pic of what I am using immediately! 
It's the Mayflower portion of the unit. 

Update 10-26: Yashika and Lisa are the winners of the giveaway! 
Check your email girls! 

A big thank you to everyone who entered. I will remember your kindness forever! 


  1. Hi everyone! Two winners will be chosen. Don't forget to leave your email address.

  2. I would love to win this!

  3. I wanted it, so I bought it just in case the sale ended :)
    It is a must as all of the others too!

  4. Love it!

  5. I would love to win this! I am a 2nd grade teacher & my professional goal this year is implementing close reading more effectively. I think this would be an invaluable resource! My pin link:

  6. I love all your Close Reading units!


  7. I want this! I love your passages and find them beyond useful in the classroom / for HW. Here's my pin:

    Would love it!

  9. I pinned it! Would love to win it! :)

  10. I would love it.

  11. Love using your close reading for homework. I'm so excited to see this new post. I've pinned and am on my way to TPT. Thanks so much!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching

  12. I want it! What a fantastic unit! Thank you.
    Toni Nicholson

  13. I want it!


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