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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. Just take a look below at what other teachers are saying about this bundle!
✨THEME & MESSAGE TOOLKIT:
Determining theme and central message in literature is one of the most difficult standards to teach and master. Provide your students with the proper tools and resources that will ensure students' success. This standards-based resource is LOADED with all the essentials 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. Just print and teach!
With so many resources in this toolkit, you can scaffold or differentiate your instruction the way you see fit to best meet your students' needs. If you don't teach Common Core, you will still find this toolkit relevant and valuable to your instruction when teaching theme and central message.
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 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.
✅ Theme Definition Mini-Posters- defining each theme (compliments the anchor chart)
✅ Student Bookmarks for theme reference
✅ Double-Sided Flipbook- can be used with any story using the Somebody, Wanted, But, So method for summarizing literature
✅ 2 Journal Response Prompts (4 student copies to a page)
✅Colored graphic organizers (for retelling and determining theme and message) Make them into a poster and laminate so you can be used as a tool for modeled lessons throughout the year. It can 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: (scaffolded from knowledge-base to application)
- 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.
Please see tips for teaching theme & central message and grab some free samples on my blog.
✨ Characters, Settings, and Events Toolkit RL4.3:
Engage your students in analyzing characters (traits & feelings), settings, and events while building critical vocabulary that is key to understanding these literary elements. This standards-based toolkit contains all the essential resources for guiding students in examining important details to better understand and describe characters, settings, and events in depth.
The graphic organizers, interactive notebook template activities, vocabulary templates, and journal activities are specifically designed for teaching RL4.3, yet are versatile and can be used with any story/passage or in any instructional setting, whether it be with read alouds, guided reading, independent reading, partner reading, during listening center, 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 to 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
- Answer key
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:
Point of view & perspective can be difficult standards to teach and master. This point of view comprehensive bundle has just made it easier! This resource is jam-packed with over 35 rigorous and engaging activities intentionally designed for teaching RL3.6 & RL4.6 using five fun read alouds. Whether you teach Common Core or not, this resource is relevant to teaching point of view and perspective.
Also included are 15 graphic organizers that can be used with any story. Just print and teach!
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⭐ Through the various activities, students will:
✎ 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 the activities.
This bundle includes:
✅2 Point of View Anchor Charts
✅9 Point of View Activities for The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt
✅6 Point of View Activities for I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman Orloff
✅6 Point of View Activities for Hey, Little Ant, by Phillip & Hannah Hoose
✅9 Point of View Activities for The Ant Bully, by John Nickel
✅7 Point of View Activities for Three Hens and a Peacock, by Lester L. Laminack
✅Detailed answer keys where applicable
✏ PLUS 15 resources for teaching point of view and perspective with ANY story
⭐⭐⭐These stories are also great as mentor texts! Use the engaging and creative writing activities for each story as springboards for teaching opinion writing.
☕ Teacher's Note: Answer keys offer guidance and instructional support.
Note: These stories are also great as mentor texts! Use the engaging and creative writing activities for each story as springboards for teaching opinion writing.
*Activities are based on the trade book titles above. Stories are not included due to copyright. Don't have these books? No worries, you can find them as read alouds on YouTube.
Here's what other teachers are saying about this resource:
Kelly B. wrote: "So wonderful to be able to get my centers together easily and it meets the rigor I expect."
Bethany A. wrote: "This is absolutely wonderful! Complete units on such difficult to teach standards that I could use right away in my classroom! Engaging and thorough!"
Katie B. wrote: "This is absolutely fabulous! I bought this primarily for next year, but am already pulling parts to use now. The kids have responded well to the difference in HOW we do what we have been doing. Thanks for the great product!"
Nina E. wrote: "This bundle is full of ideas and resources that I will really be able to use throughout the entire year. Thanks so much!"
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