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Informational Text Question Cards for Any Text - Close Reading +
Here are 47 reading response question cards to help deepen your students’ understanding of informational (nonfiction) text. These cards are aligned to the Common Core and many of the cards will work well for close reading. These cards are meant to be used with books and articles that you provide or
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Text Evidence Reading Passages, Task Cards, Differentiated Reading Passages
This Step-by-Step Text Evidence unit is a complete, NO-Prep unit with a variety of activities to help students learn an effective approach to analyzing text and increasing reading comprehension. Through anchor charts, modeling, mentor text, interactive pages, practice, task cards, and differentiated
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Close Reading Tool Kit for Literature (Fiction)
Close reading is an important, but often difficult skill to teach (and to learn!). This close reading toolkit will make it so much easier! It is designed to work with literature/fiction – specifically, folktales, short stories, picture books, and chapter books. Some of the materials may also work wi
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Reading Response Labels for Interactive Notebooks: 42 prompts!
This resource is perfect for anyone who uses interactive notebooks or reading journals with their students. This document contains 42 sheets of labels. Each sheet contains a reading response prompt repeated on all 30 of the labels on that page. In other words, a single sheet of labels contains one
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Close Reading Interactive Notebook Literature Informational Text
Close Reads Interactive Notebook for Beginners Interactive notebooks are a great way to engage your students in learning content. Close Reads are an important strategy to use to help your students read at a high level. Combine the two and you have an interactive way for your students to use higher-
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Upper Grade Teacher's File Cabinet MUST HAVES!
This is a compilation of all my MUST HAVE sheets and templates that will ensure you are LESS PANICKED and MORE PREPARED in your classroom! This is a ***GROWING BUNDLE*** that I add to every month. F
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Frindle Novel Study and Enrichment Project Menu
No-Prep novel study for "Frindle", a standards based interactive notebook literature guide with follow-up reading response questions for every chapter as well as vocabulary, writing projects, activities and enrichment projects. Teacher friendly engaging lessons to use with this award winning novel b
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Close Reading Passages for Valentine's Day {Grades 4-8}
This close reading resource is designed to be used with students in grades 4-8 and provides many options for differentiation. This resource includes 4 different reading passages (3 fiction and 1 non-fiction). Each passage is written at 3 different reading levels (approximate grades 4-5, 6-7, and 7
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Body Systems
Informational Passages for EVERY major Body System PLUS a FUN Foldable to go along with each!!! CLOZE Sentences will guide your students through creating their FLIP-UP Book! BUNDLE UP with my Science "GET IT DONE" BUNDLE that includes this unit and 3 OTHERS!
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Compare and Contrast Unit With Close Reading Lessons
*Newly revised for the 2017-2018 school year! This is a 41 page common core-aligned unit that focuses on the critical thinking skill, compare and contrast. The topics are high interest boy topics: snakes, carnivorous plants, sharks, monster trucks, and lizards. Each topic has two para
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Literature Circles
Literature Circles are a wonderful way to get your students to dig deeper into the text. This resource includes all the printables you need to get literature circles started in your classroom! You'll get the following resources when you purchase this unit: Job Descriptions for 7 different roles (Dis
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Science Close Reading: The Bundle
Science Close Reading Passages For the Middle Grades With Writing to Text Prompts brings together my PHYSICAL SCIENCE 1 & 2, EARTH SCIENCE 1, 2, & 3, AND MY LIFE SCIENCE 1 & 2 CLOSE READING products for one low price at a savings of over 40%!! 7 great products for the pr
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Paired Passages Fiction & Nonfiction - TDQ and RACES Strategy
Paired Passages made easy! This product contains an engaging myth and informational text on the same topic. This rigorous text may be used as independent or guided practice for state testing, or as a model for responding to short and extended constructed response questions. Scaffolding is provide
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Cookie Close Reading
This {{COOKIE CLOSE READING}} activity is a QUICK, fun way to introduce how readers should be reading, and how we sometimes read without realizing it! Included in this pack: - Mini-lesson (specific steps to teaching close reading by using a cookie) - Graphic Organizer (for mini-lesson or print as a
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FREE Constitution Day Nonfiction Close Reading Comprehension Passage/Questions
Constitution Day is September 17, and this close reading activity would be a perfect way to learn all about the Constitution. I have used these close reading texts with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be hi
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Paired Texts / Paired Passages: Abolitionists Grades 4-8
Paired passages, or 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, a
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Theme Freebie!
Theme is such a challenging skill to master! Here is a freebie that you can use with any story to help your students do just that. The first printable requires students to answer questions about how the character thinks and acts to find clues about the theme. The second one requires students to find
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10 Reading Comprehension Passages & Questions  100 Portfolio Assessments
This set has 10 full length passages. Each passage has 10 individual quizzes--each quiz tests a specific skill. There are a total of 100 quizzes. This book is designed so that classroom teachers can quickly ascertain whether or not the students within the class are ready to begin a new reading skill
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Compare Contrast Two or More Texts NonFiction Graphic Organizers
Compare Contrast Two or More Texts: Close Reading Strategies and Activities Aligned with the Common Core State Standards Use the handouts to encourage close reading and compare/contrast of two or more texts or sources (may be used with multimedia sources such as graphics, videos, podcasts, etc.). T
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Close Reading - Providing Text Evidence
Close Reading - Prove it!, Show Your Thinking!, Just the Facts! Close Reading Checklists, Bookmarks, and MORE! Students are to write down their thoughts, collect facts, gather important vocabulary, and discuss and teach others about what they have learned. Students should be able to prove their t
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RACE to Respond {Writing Constructed Reading Response} FREEBIE
The RACE strategy is a great way to guide and encourage students to write thorough and meaningful reading responses. It breaks down reading responses into 4 parts.... Ⓡ - Restate the question. Ⓐ - Answer the question. Ⓒ - Cite evidence from the text. Ⓔ - Explain or extend. This FREEBIE includes a
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Close Reading on a Ring: Independent Reading Activities Using Close Reading
*THIS PRODUCT IS SIMILAR TO MY CLOSE READING IN A JAR PRODUCT* Your students will love reading independently while continuing to use the close reading strategies you have taught them. They simply take a binder ring and Close Reading Tool Kit to their seat when reading a short passage. Students choo
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Basketball Paired Texts: LeBron James and Michael Jordan (Grades 5-6)
***Passages are written on a 5th-6th grade reading level.*** These nonfiction passages are a great way to get your students used to analyzing similarities and differences between two texts. ***These passages are also written on a lower level so you can differentiate to mee
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If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon Comprehension Packet & Answer Keys
“If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon” by Ellen Levine, published by Scholastic (ISBN 0-590-45158-8), is a great non-fiction book for students to read to accompany your Oregon Trail unit. Students enjoy the colorful photos and easy to read text (Reading Level 3). The book has 80 pages and is no
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Questions to Ask About Reading Freebie
Are parents always asking you how they can help their students to become better readers? I often run into this and have created this easy one pager that I share with them. Included are six categories of questions with examples of each that will be sure to pump up conversations about literacy among
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Writing About Reading
This product was designed to encourage my students to WRITE more about what they are READING. With each new passage or selection, I found myself reinventing the wheel each day, coming up with new and meaningful questions and prompts for my students to write about. I decided to put together a collect
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April Nonfiction Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
I have used these nonfiction close reading passages with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. The follow-up activities have gotte
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Close Reading and Multiple Choice Escape (Breakout) Room for Grades 6-8
Escape rooms are the latest craze! Get your kids out of their seats and learning meaningful close reading skills and multiple choice strategies. I used this activity to spice up my test prep, but it can be used any time you want to get kids moving and reinforce close reading and multiple choice sk
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Notice and Note Signpost Signs
Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kayleen Beers and Robert Probst is an amazing book with close reading strategies that work for students about third grade all the way through high school. The best thing about these strategies is that they work for any fictional book and they are conc
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August Nonfiction Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
I have used these nonfiction close reading passages with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. The follow-up activities have gotte
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Close Reading Bookmarks
These 12 close reading response bookmarks are a part of the much larger Close Reading Toolkit for Literature. I got so many requests for just the reading response bookmarks, that I decided to make them
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Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 7
Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 7 Try the first month (August!) free! Click here. This is a PREORDER for the Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 7 GROWING BU
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September 11th: Integrated ELA, SS, and Art Lessons with Printable Texts (4-6)
Discuss the sensitive events of September 11th, 2001 with elementary children. These integrated lesson plans and 9-11 printable texts are age-appropriate and emphasize how Americans unite and serve one another during times of tragedy. Teach about Sept. 11th while meeting your reading informational t
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Poetry Lesson: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost {Google Digital Resource}
Digital Google Slides Resource: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost Close Reading Poetry Assignment GO PAPERLESS! EMBED TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CLASSROOM! INCREASE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT! ACCESS MATERIALS ANYWHERE! These materials are designed to be convenient and ready to use. They d
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: ELA and Close Reading Mini-Unit {Middle Grades}
Excited for the Halloween season? We are! My 6th graders LOVE to read this adapted version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Included in this mini unit pack are 5 different common core activities focused on the plot and story elements of literature. You will be provided with three formats of text so
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Figurative Language Task Cards: Quizzes, Activities, Bell-Ringers
Help your students understand elements of figurative language with this set of 32 task cards. Each card features a passage from a famous work of literature, along with a prompt asking students to identify and/or explain the device's function. The cards can work with both middle and high school stude
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Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions for the Year - Close Reading
This Close Reading for the Year Bundle has everything you need for a complete Close Reading unit every month of the year in your classroom. High-Interest, Differentiated Reading Passages are at the heart of this one-stop resource! Please see the PREVIEW above for an idea of everything inclu
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Achilles Greek Myth Close Reading Passage and Questions
Practice deep reading comprehension with this fun Greek myth based on Achilles. Students will read a one page story about Achilles, the brave Greek warrior with a hidden weakness. This passage offers ten text dependent reading comprehension questions. Students will practice important reading comp
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Annotating Text w/ Emojis - Text Coding - Close Reading Tool - Literacy Centers
Annotation activity that can be used with close reading Annotation and Coding. Fun activity with emojis that encourages close reading with various types of text. Emojis/emoticons are used to "talk to text" through texting symbols that students use with their c
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Transition Words & Phrases
Help your 3rd-6th graders recognize, understand and use transition words and phrases! These types of questions ALWAYS show up on standardized testing and what better way to prepare your kiddos? This packet has everything you need to expose your students to those pesky transitions AND their meanings.
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Expository Article - Poe's Life - Who Was Edgar A. Poe? {Google Digi Resource}
Digital Google Slides Resource: "Poe's Life - Who Was Edgar Allan Poe?" Expository Close Reading Article GO PAPERLESS! EMBED TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CLASSROOM! INCREASE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT! ACCESS MATERIALS ANYWHERE! The article addresses the life and influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Th
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Informational Text Lesson on Hot Topics: Reading is Good for Your Brain
Looking for an interesting way to start the new year? Need to motivate your students to read? Want something relevant for a close reading exercise? This mini lesson is the perfect ready-to-go lesson to practice close reading skills! With five specific common core text-based questions, your student
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Milton Hershey Biography Close Reading Passage and Questions
Milton Hershey was an American business man who created a successful candy making company through hard work and perseverance. Students will read about Milton Hershey's difficult childhood, the challenges he faced early in his career, and about his accomplishments after finding success. After readi
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September Nonfiction Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
I have used these nonfiction close reading passages with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. The follow-up activities have gotte
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Close Reading Question Fans
Close Reading - Close Reading Question Fans - Reading Response Prompts for Any Text This resource contains close reading questions for teachers or students to use during and after close reading activities. Teachers can use these questions for whole or small group work, after reading minilessons, d
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Sub Plans for Middle School and High School English #3
Sub Plans for Middle School and High School Teachers’ jobs are unique because even when we are out, we still have to work. We work to get the plans ready, work the day we return, and work to get everything checked from the day we were out. It is almost like double work to be out! These plans
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St. Patrick's Day Nonfiction Close Reading Passage and Questions
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this fun, informative reading passage! Students will learn about Saint Patrick, his mission in Ireland, and about how this holiday is celebrated in both Ireland and the United States. Additional information on Irish folklore, such as leprechauns and the Blarney Stone
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November Nonfiction Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
I have used these nonfiction close reading passages with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. The follow-up activities have gotte
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Physical Science 4 IN 1 Huge Resource Bundle (Middle Grades) NO PREP!
Physical Science Bundle This huge 4 in 1 physical science resource bundle contains FOUR MUST HAVE RESOURCES for any middle grades physical science curriculum! ***THIS BUNDLE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FOUR TIED 2 TEACHING PRODUCTS***
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Tiny House Design for ANY Character or Author: Inferences, Symbolism, and more!
Tap into the popularity of the growing Tiny House Movement by assigning a literary analysis that students will LOVE. This is a hands-on assignment that brings STEM into the English classroom! This Tiny House lesson can be used with ANY character or author! You will get: 1 Exemplar tiny house de
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Common Core Close Reading & Essay Bundle
These lessons pair texts with universal themes. They help your students meet expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author. Then students construct connections between the texts and synthesize their comprehension w
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Main Idea Task Cards: WWI & The Roaring Twenties
Address your CC reading standards while learning history at the same time! With simple & easy preparation, you can have task cards ready for your students that have already mastered the standard or those who need a little practice. All you have to do is print, laminate, cut, and get a few suppl
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