Paired texts meet the demand for more rigorous, complex texts with Common Core- especially these passages that students can use to compare and build knowledge to integrate information and draw conclusions. The passages in this set are great to stretch your 4th and 5th graders, and still appropriate for many students in middle school as well.
The CCSS requires that we greatly increase the amount of work we do with informational text. This resource can help! Whether you use them with articles from magazines or an encyclopedia, information from a website, a chapter of a book, or a nonfiction picture book--these responses will work! A pausing point is a place in a text where you want your students to stop, think, reflect, and write about what is happening. This resource can help you do that—and they are all CCSS aligned!