The Tallest Skyscraper in America Has the Fastest Elevators

The tower built in the Twin Towers' place, One World Trade Center, is not only the tallest building in the Americas—it also houses the fastes elevators. Learn more about the superspeed elevator system in the 104-story building with an informational text passage.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a lesson on September 11
  • Connect to a reading assessment or language arts homework packet
  • Bring to a discussion on burying the lede in a journalism class, and prompt learners to decide whether the elevators are the most interesting detail about the Freedom Tower
  • Take a virtual tour of the One World Trade Center
Classroom Considerations

  • Main passage is a 800 Lexile® Level intended for fifth graders; other versions of the passage are attached
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  • Article was written in 2015, just before the Freedom Tower Observatory was open

  • Variety of reading levels make it easy to differentiate in a mainstream class
  • Questions address text structure, central idea, and content comprehension

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