Are Video Games Beneficial or Bad News? Reading Comprehension Passages

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What do you think? Are video games beneficial or bad news? Explore this topic further with these reading comprehension passages and questions. This activity pack includes a differentiated passage and a week of unique follow-up activities. THIS RESOURCE INCLUDES A FULL DIGITAL PACK.
The differentiated non-fiction reading passages are aimed at Year 5-8. A range of text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks are included. Teach the argument text structure with this passage and set of activities. When you download this resource, it comes in both US AND British English spellings and printing sizes. Click here to see a preview.
Included in this Are Video Games Beneficial or Bad News? reading pack:
1. A differentiated passage at two levels (scaffold and extended)
  • Are Video Games Beneficial or Bad News? (argument) – two scafford passages and one extended passage
2. SEVEN corresponding NO PREP Higher-Order Thinking Activities
  • Remember – reading comprehension text-dependent questions, including making inferences
  • Understand – make connections and vocabulary/word work tasks (two pages)
  • Analyse – a graphic organiser activity to focus on text structure
  • Apply and Evaluate – web-links to dig deeper into the topic, and questions to encourage critical thinking
  • Create – design challenges for students to synthesise their knowledge
Reading Comprehension Strategies included:
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Use and Understand Vocabulary
  • Summarize
  • Synthesize
  • Using Prior Knowledge
  • Make Predictions
  • Make Connections
3. A full digital set, great for Google Classrooms (Google Slides) and Microsoft One Drive.
4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions.
5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.
What this resource is all about:
The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go non-fiction passages and higher-order thinking questions.
This resource is full of exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyze, Evaluate, Create).
These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. Integrate these activities into your earth science or social studies projects!

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