Nobody likes being absent and sometimes emergencies occur. This pack of three easy to implement activities have students working on their close reading skills. All you need to do is add a reading (i.e. magazine article, textbook, etc.). and you have at least one period worth of work for each activity.
The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.