ELA 4-5 Roberto Clemente

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: K-12 Close Reading Task

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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Essential and guiding questions: 

Text-Dependent Questions:

  • What were the reasons implied in the text for the boys to be playing with cans and broomsticks instead of bats and balls?
  • Using evidence from the text discuss some of the life lessons Roberto learned from his father.-Using details from the text, explain why the year 1954 not a happy time for Roberto.
  • Using context clues from the text determine the meaning of “Puerto Rican hotdog”. Explain using details why Roberto was called that?
  • What point according to the text was Roberto trying to make when he left the furniture store without buying anything?
  • Citing evidence from the text, why didn’t people think he could get 3,000 hits in the 1972 season?
  • What details from the text show the reader that the other players are hoping Roberto gets his 3000th hit?
  • In what way does the text imply that Roberto’s father was a role model for Roberto?
  • How does the title of this story let the reader know how people felt about Roberto?

Activity/Task Variations

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Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

Struggling readers would be supported through smaller group size, possible peer tutoring, and preloading vocabulary/concepts.