All the necessary resources for teaching Literature Standards RL 4.2, RL 4.3 & RL 4.6, found in one great buy! This bundle offers 20% off
these Common Core Toolkits:
❖ Finding the Theme & Central Message in Literature: RL3.2 RL4.2 RL5.2
❖ Characters, Settings, & Events: RL4.4
❖ Distinguishing Point of View and Perspective: RL3.6 RL4.6
For a closer look at the many resources included, visit the individual toolkits to see more up-to-date previews.
✨Finding the Themes & Central Messages in LiteratureRL 3.2, RL 4.2, RL 5.2
Determining the theme & message in literature can be a difficult standard to teach without the proper tools or guiding questions. This common core theme pack is loaded with all the essential resources necessary for teaching your students how to determine the theme and central message in any story, including folktales, fables, or fairy tales, as well as successfully summarizing the story during the process. With so many resources in this toolkit, you can scaffold your instruction the way you see fit for your students.
The simple strategy of 'Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then' is used as the core for summarizing, but key questions have been added to take this strategy a step further to guide students in analyzing important elements of the story that lead them to determine the themes and central messages. I’ve recently added the AEIOU method I personally develop as a simple mnemonic device which walks students through higher order questioning that leads them to identify the message. The tools provided in this packet are versatile and can be used throughout the year
in modeled, guided and independent instructional settings.
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 (2 versions)
✔ 5 colored graphic organizers
(2 of which have different formats: horizontal & vertical) 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 (added 2018)
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
✨ Describing Characters, Settings, & Events RL 4.3 ~
This common core toolkit contains all the essential resources for guiding students in analyzing details provided by the narrator or character when describing a character, setting or event in depth. The graphic organizers, interactive notebook template activities, vocabulary templates, and journal activities are specifically designed for teaching RL 4.3, yet are versatile and can be used with any story/passage and reading activity, whether it be with read alouds, guided reading, independent reading, partner reading, during listening centers or even as formative assessments. The posters will become students' go-to resource for identifying and using specific language to describe characters’ traits and feelings, as well as the mood and tone of story settings and events. This kit also includes four task card center activities to give students additional practice with this standard.
This individual toolkit includes:
✔ One Character Traits Poster- organized so that opposite traits are adjacent from each other for students' easy reference
✔ One Character Feelings Poster- designed to help students be more specific when describing a character's feelings
✔ One Setting Poster- defines this element and how it helps the reader
✔ One Mood Poster- defines and gives common lists of words to describe the mood created by the setting
✔ 8 Graphic Organizers for the purpose of teaching this standard
✔ Student bookmarks for independent reading reference/response to reading
✔ 2 Foldable activities for students' reading notebooks
✔ 4 RL 4.3 Journal Activities for student response to independent reading. (Cut to fit in reading composition journal. Can be reused throughout the year for different books or lessons.)
✔ Traits and Feelings Vocabulary Activities for interactive / reader's notebook
✔ Traits and Feelings Assessment Checks
✔ 4 Reading Center Task Activities for identifying and inferring traits & feelings (a scaffold approach)
✽ Each Center Task includes:
-Center task directions for students (colored copy)
-A set of 12 Task Cards (colored version & a blackline versions)
-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 and center tasks materials are labeled with the specific common core standard for your convenience.
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
Teaching point of view & perspective can be a difficult standard to teach. This common core toolkit
is packed with over thirty rigorous (but engaging) activities intentionally designed to teach point of view using five fun mentor texts specifically selected to explore this topic. Please see tips for teaching point of view and grab a freebie sample on my blog.
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
: 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
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Some More Standards Based Resources You Might Like:
• Character Trait Texting 3rd Grade RL3.3 4th Grade RL4.3
• Context Clues Toolkit 3rd & 4th Grade Common Core RL3.4 RL4.4
• Fables & Fairy Tales 3rd Grade 4th Grade RL3.2 RL4.2 RL5.2 RL3.3 RL4.3
• Nonfiction Text Structures 3rd Grade RI3.8 4th Grade RI4.5 5th Grade RI5.5