RL.3.1 Answering Questions is a novel study and skills unit in one! Six one-page texts, each differentiated for three reading levels, tell the entire tale of The Velveteen Rabbit
. Corresponding resources teach third grade students to construct responses to open-ended questions. Students learn to find evidence in text, refer to the text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, and conclude.
Texts for direct instruction, independent practice, and assessment have been written at three reading levels: advanced, average, and low. This differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with one lesson. The engaging passages, sequenced to provide an ongoing story for the students, were adapted from The Velveteen Rabbit
*, by Margery Williams.
All reading passages are included in this product. If you would like to purchase only the differentiated reading passages, click here
What’s included in the unit:
• Lesson plans
• Mini poster/reference sheet with steps for answering questions
• Mini poster/reference sheet with examples of using question parts in answers
• Mini poster/reference sheet that shows how to refer to the text
• Mini poster/reference sheet that shows how to begin a conclusion
• PowerPoint presentation that models the process for answering a question
• Link to video that models process (click here
• Six excerpts from The Velveteen Rabbit
*, each differentiated for three reading levels
• Six sets of corresponding question sheets (one with guiding checklist and one without for each excerpt)
• Rubrics (one with CCSS listed, one without)
• Quick check (ten point half-sheet assessment)
• Generic question sheet
• BONUS: You will also receive a link to a website that allows students to read the excerpts online. It includes digital PDFs, which can be shared out to your students or posted on your private classroom website.
1. Direct Instruction – Read the first excerpt. Display and discuss PowerPoint presentation or video that models the process of finding details in text, writing a topic sentence, referring to the text, supporting with detail sentences, and concluding.
2. Guided Practice – Read the second text. Collaborate to answer a question together.
3. Independent Practice –Answer questions for three additional excerpts. Share exemplary responses; discuss.
4. Assessment – Read the final excerpt and answer questions.
Common Core State Standard Reading: Literature 3.1 (CCSS RL.3.1)
*The Velveteen Rabbit
, written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, was published by Doubleday & Company in 1922 and is now in the public domain.