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Strengthen your students' comprehension by providing the necessary tools to help them master some of the most difficult literature standards. This standards-based bundle includes many engaging activities that will help empower your students' to dig deeper into the stories they read, as well as make planning so much easier. See the details below for each toolkit. This bundle offers over 30% OFF three essential literature toolkits.
✨Finding the Themes & Central Messages in Literature RL 3.2, RL 4.2, RL 5.2:
Determining theme & central message in literature is one of the most difficult standards to teach. Provide your students with the proper tools and resources to help them be successful. This standards-based toolkit is LOADED with all the essential resources necessary for teaching your students how to find the theme and central message in any story, including folktales, fables, or fairy tales, as well as successfully summarizing the stories during the process. With so many resources in this toolkit, you can scaffold or differentiate your instruction the way you see fit to best meet your student's needs.
✨Please see tips for teaching theme & central message and grab some free samples on my blog.
In this toolkit, you get:
✔ An introduction to teaching theme and message. This understanding is key to effective instruction that guides students in the right direction with this common core expectation.
✔ A colorful anchor chart that can be displayed all year and will become students’ go-to reference for helping them think about the big ideas and central messages found in the many stories they read.
✔ Student Bookmarks for theme reference
✔ Theme Definition Mini-Posters- defining each theme (compliments the anchor chart)
✔ Double-Sided Flipbook- can be used with any story
✔ 2 Journal Responses (4 student copies per page)
✔ Colored graphic organizers (for retelling and determining theme and message) that can be used as a tool for modeled lessons throughout the year. You can either…
display on your SmartBoard as you model the process during whole group think aloud,
display in the classroom (as a laminated poster) to be reused with each read aloud lesson.
✔ Blackline masters of the graphic organizers for student copies that can be used…
- during modeled lessons
- as a writing response task to your read aloud (once students have had practice with it)
- during students’ independent reading time (with self-selected stories)
- as they listen to a story at a center or online
- as a formative assessment task with any passage or story
✔ Readers’ Notebook Vocabulary templates for learning theme vocabulary such as compassion, perseverance, etc.
✔ Character Quote Bubble Activities- Students apply their knowledge of themes by creating character quotes
✔3 Mini-assessments to check understanding of theme vocabulary, identify themes of story scenarios, and a written response check for theme and message to be used with any story
✔ Open Response and Rubric that can be used with any story
✔ 3 completed story samples to have at your fingertips as you begin to guide students through the process during your modeled lessons. (The Empty Pot, Seven Spools of Thread, & Ant and Grasshopper)
✔ Theme Vocabulary Activities to help your students grasp vocabulary through application and real-world connections
✔ 3 Center Task Activity (colored & blackline versions included): (A scaffolded approach) Matching Themes with Their Definitions, Matching Themes with Character Quotes & Matching Themes with Various Messages
Each center Task includes:
- Center task directions for students (Colored Copy)
- A set of Task Card Matches (in two versions: a colored version & a blackline version)
- Student answer form (labeled with the common core standards)
- Answer key
Note: The task cards are already mismatched on each page for your convenience. Copies can be given to students as is, and they can cut and match accordingly.
Determining the Message using AEIOU Organizer is the original work of Cherie Altman, Copyright © October 2015 Cherie Altman
✨ Character Traits, Feelings, & Motives Toolkit RL 3.3:
Engage your students in analyzing character traits, feelings, and motives while building critical vocabulary that is essential to understanding characters in stories. This standards-based toolkit contains all the essential resources for introducing and reviewing character traits, feelings, motives, and actions, with vocabulary as an emphasis. All the tools in this resource are specifically designed for teaching RL 3.3 and can be used with any story/passage or any instructional setting, whether it be with read alouds, guided reading, independent reading, partner reading, during listening centers, or they can even be used as formative assessments.
The activities build students' understanding of trait words such as determined, prideful, or cooperative. Students also learn shades of meaning with character feelings such as upset, angry and furious, which assist students' understanding of how these feelings influence a character's actions. Also included are graphic organizers that are designed specifically for determining how a character's motives or actions influence the events in the story.
The anchor posters in this toolkit will become students’ go-to resource for identifying and using specific language to describe characters’ traits and feelings when explaining their actions or how they contribute to the sequence of events. This kit also includes 4 task card center activities to give students additional practice with this standard
✔ Character Traits Poster (organized so that opposite traits are adjacent from each other for students' easy reference) This is helpful, especially with characters in fables.
✔ Character Feelings Poster- designed to help students be more specific when describing a character's feelings
✔ Character Motives Poster,- defines and illustrates motive
✔ Student Bookmarks for independent reading reference / response to reading
✔ 8 Graphic Organizers for the purpose of describing character traits, feelings, and motives based on details from the story, analyzing how characters' actions contribute to the events in the story, and describing how characters change in a story
✔ 2 Interactive Notebook Foldable Template Activities
✔ Interactive Notebook Traits & Feelings Vocabulary Activities
✔ 2 Assessment Checks for traits and feelings
✔ 4 RL3.3 Journal Activities for students’ responses during independent reading. (can be reused throughout the year for different books or lessons)
✔ 4 Reading Center Task Card Activities for identifying & inferring traits and feelings (a scaffold approach)
✽ Each Center Task includes:
-Center task directions for students (colored copy)
-A set of 12 Task Cards (a colored version & a blackline version)
-Two types of answer forms- students can match by number and record on an answer form or cut and paste matches to record
Note: all posters, graphic organizers, journal activities, bookmarks and center tasks materials are labeled with the specific common core standard.
Center Task Cards are already mismatched for your convenience, so there is very little prep time.
✨ Point of View & Perspective Common Core RL 3.6 & RL 4.6:
Point of view & perspective can be difficult standards to teach. This comprehensive bundle has just made it easier! This resource is jam-packed with over thirty-five rigorous and engaging activities intentionally designed for teaching these RL3.6 & RL4.6 using five fun read alouds. Also included are 15 graphic organizers that can be used with any story. Just print and teach!
For tips on teaching POV, visit my blog. You will get additional free resources when you sign up for my resource library.
These activities have been created with the purpose of teaching students how to:
✔ Determine the narrator’s or character's perspective within a story based on their experience, beliefs, values, and attitudes
✔ Distinguish between the character’s or narrator’s point of view and that of the reader’s
✔ Evaluate the narrator’s or character’s perspective
✔ Determine the points of view from which stories are narrated
✔ Describe how the narrator’s point of view influences the way a story is told
✔ Compare and contrast the points of view from which different stories are told
✔ Infer and describe how an account of a story would be different if narrated from a different point of view
✔ Describe how a character’s perspective can change within a story
✔ Determine which important details within a story support all of the above
Note: Point of view, perspective, and viewpoint are used interchangeably for instructional purposes, however distinguishing between point of view from which a story is narrated and a character's or narrator's point of view (perspective) is made clear throughout activities.
This resource toolkit includes:
✎ 2 Point of View Anchor Charts
✎ 9 Activities for The Day the Crayons Quit
✎ 6 Activities for I Wanna Iguana
✎ 6 Activities for Hey, Little Ant
✎ 9 Activities for The Ant Bully
✎ 6 Activities for Three Hens and a Peacock
✎ Answer keys where applicable
✸ 15 resources for teaching point of view and perspective with ANY story (including 3 foldables that can be used in students' reading notebooks)
Activities for each story are designed specifically for that story, with the exception of the 15 resources to be used with any story or passage. RL 3.6 RL 4.6
Answer keys for activities offer guidance with teaching point of view.
Note: For each story, there are writing activities that can be used as springboards for teaching opinion writing.
See what other teachers are saying about this resource:
Kathryn C. wrote: "This resource is amazing! There are so many different activities that I can have my kids complete at different centers during my ELA block. They are higher level activities as well! Thanks for creating this!"
Melissa B. wrote: "This has been a great resource for my small groups this year. I especially found the theme and message resources helpful. Matching theme with a scenario is a great way to introduce them to the concept."
Buyer wrote: "Awesome bundle....love the task cards, anchor charts, graphic organizers, and bookmarks. So many resources in one bundle!"
Buyer wrote: "Thanks for such a great resource. I am seeing the AhHa moments with my students after using these great ideas!"
Virginia B. wrote: "A jam packed unit of great resources to address and introduce these standards by providing differentiation to students."
Sherril C. wrote: "Comprehensive does not begin to describe this bundle! Awesome stuff."
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