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Question Stems for Close Reads of Literature & Informational Texts

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Need some ideas when it comes to asking your students questions or planning Close Reads? This product contains over 60 different comprehension question stems that can be used during reading time, science, or social studies. Depending on the purpose and text, you complete the question stems to ask your students questions that encourage higher order thinking skills. The stems will help you in creating Close Read questions for any text, whether it is literature or non-fiction.

***If you are purchasing to share with your grade level/school, please purchase multiple licenses***

This file includes information on how to use the question stems, helpful links, tips for recording student responses, and 2 sets of color coded (based on Common Core domains) question stems: one for Reading Literature and the other for Reading Informational. The question stems include the CCSS anchor standard number and the Bloom's Taxonomy level. There are over 60 different question stems included. These stems can be used for Close Reads.

Be sure to look at my other Close Read resources:
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
Interactive Notebook for Close Reads: Beginner's Kit

Be sure to follow our store because question stems may be added to this collection and we want to make sure you have the most current edition! Once you buy this item you can download updated files for free. As question stems are added, we will place them at the end of the document and let you know what page they begin on so you don't have to search through all the stems :)

***Added as of 11/17/13
-I added observation checklists for the anchor standards and grades K-5. There are 2 sets. One set has all the CCSS on one page for those teachers who want to hit each standard before repeating a standard. The other set is domain specific for those teachers who would like to focus on one domain at a time.
-Also I added black and white question stem cards. You can print these onto colored paper to get the color coded cards by domain. For example you can print all the Key Ideas & Details on pink paper, etc. if you don't want to use color ink.

***Added as of 9/5/14
-I added the Webb's Depth of Knowledge levels on the cards.
-I also updated the font to KG Lego House and changed the background of the cards to chevrons and glitter (color code is still the same).

(c)2013
Heather LeBlanc
2 Brainy Apples
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If you need question stems for close reads in literature or nonfiction text, this set is for you!
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On  September 1, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Hi, These look great but I am only interested in 2nd grade materials. Is there a way to split those out? Thanks
Sandi
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On  September 1, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
Thanks for your question! Unfortunately I can't section out 2nd grade specific stems. Last year I taught EIP for 3rd and 4th grade and enrichment for K and 1st. I actually used the same stems for all those grade levels. The stems are based off the CCSS anchor standards, and many of the comprehension standards are present in all grade levels, progressively getting harder. The way I differentiated for the grade level is I used a different level of text and I also completed the stem to make it grade level appropriate. I also had friends who taught a specific grade level using all of the stems because some of the stems worked better for their struggling readers and some of the stems worked better for their advanced readers.

Thank you for asking before purchasing :)
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On  September 1, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Okay it is not printing, to many pages. I would like a refund. The print is very hard to read.
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On  September 1, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
Hi there. You will have to contact TpT about getting a refund. The description lists how many pages are in the product. You can select which specific pages you would like to print in the printing menu so you only print the pages you would like. You can also select an option to print more than one slide on a page so you can print out less pages, or choose the black and white pages and simply print on colored paper.

The steps on printing out multiple slides on one page are:
On my Mac, after I open the PDF file, I click on "Print" and it brings up an options box. There is an option that is "Paper Size and Handling". The four choices underneath are: Size, Poster, Multiple, and Booklet. Select "Multiple". You can then select how many slides per page you would like to print: 2, 4, 6, 8, 16, or custom.
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After downloading, is there an option to minimize these cards to 4 or 6 per page to save ink? Thanks.
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On  September 1, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
Hey there! I have a Mac, so it may be different if you are using a PC. If you have a PC, let me know and I will provide a different solution.
On my Mac, after I open the PDF file, I click on "Print" and it brings up an options box. There is an option that is "Paper Size and Handling". The four choices underneath are: Size, Poster, Multiple, and Booklet. Select "Multiple". You can then select how many slides per page you would like to print: 2, 4, 6, 8, 16, or custom.
Let me know if this works or not, or if you are using a PC. I don't own a PC, but I can use a friend's to figure out the steps for you :)

Heather
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I can't print this.... only blank cards are coming out with pretty borders?
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On  September 1, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
Hmmmm....do you have the latest version of Adobe? Also try "Printing as image" to see if that works. If it still doesn't please let me know so I can find the solution for you.
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On  September 1, 2013,  Raechelle S. asked:
I was wondering if you have the set with the Webbs Depth of Knowledge questions complete.
I am a special education teacher and I am so excited about this resource for my students!
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On  September 1, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
Thanks so much for your question! I don't have it completed at this time because I have been working on finishing my Daily Math Reviews. I can have it finished in the next week or so if this is something you would like to have. Please zip me an email at hleblanc@2brainyapples.com if you are interested. Thanks!

***Uploaded the cards last night with the DOK*** :)
On  May 11, 2013Dawn Plattenburg (TpT Seller) asked:
Do you have a set that is based on the Webbs Depth of Knowledge questions?
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On  May 14, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
I do not currently, but if you are interested I can put that on my summer to do list :) Please email me at hac31@me.com if this is something you would like to see!
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Hi, I see the preview now. It's a great resource and I am going to purchase it. Thank you for your help and happy new year!
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On  January 1, 20132 Brainy Apples answered:
Great! Thanks so much for letting me now about the preview issue so I could fix it :) I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful New Year!
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Hi, I am having trouble seeing the preview. It opens in Windows Live Gallery but the thumbnails are so small i can't tell what they say. The slideshow option doesn't work. Not sure if that was what you intended or if there is something wrong with my computer setup.
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On  December 29, 20122 Brainy Apples answered:
Thanks so much for letting me know. I have been having some site difficulties with uploading files and generating thumbnails. This is a big file, so it takes longer than average and the site has been timing out on me. I thought the correct files and thumbnails had been uploaded, but they have not. I am in the process of trying to get the correct file and thumbnails up. Please try again in a bit as I will hopefully have the issue resolved. I can always email you the preview, too, if it continues to prove difficult. Thanks for your comment!
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I rebooted the school computer and it now pulls up just fine. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!
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On  December 5, 20122 Brainy Apples answered:
Whew! That makes me feel a lot better! Thanks for letting me know!
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When downloading, Adobe tells me there was an error opening this document and the file is damaged and could not be repaired.
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On  December 5, 20122 Brainy Apples answered:
I'll check this out when I get home today. I have sold many of this item and there hasn't been a problem downloading it...or no one has said anthing if they did have a problem. Thanks for letting me know and I'll post here again in a short while.
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Question Stems for Close Reads of Literature & Information
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Question Stems for Close Reads of Literature & Information