This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses to explaining and inferring questions. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Six engaging passages, sequenced to provide an ongoing story, were adapted from Chapter 1 of The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame. Two questions sheets correspond to each passage.
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Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved. The unit is also part of the Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle
, which addresses all fourth grade literature standards.
Texts for direct instruction, independent practice, and assessment have been written at three reading levels: advanced, average, and low. This content differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with one lesson.
This unit includes the Answering Questions PowerPoint
and Answering Questions Practice Pack
. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for answering questions
• PowerPoint presentation that models the process for answering a question
• Six one-page excerpts from The Wind in the Willows
, each differentiated at three reading level: “Spring,” “The River Bank,” “Rowing,” “The Rescue,” “The Apology,” and “Rat’s House”
• Six sets of question sheets that correspond to excerpts for guided practice, independent practice, and assessment
• Two rubrics (one with citation, one without) in two versions each (with and without Common Core State Standard RL.4.1 listed)
• Generic question sheet and rubrics to use with any story
The companion website houses even more resources.
• Video lesson on answering questions
• Additional assessment option
• 4 handouts for guidance in answering questions
• Explaining versus inferring worksheet
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1. Direct Instruction – Display and discuss a PowerPoint presentation or video that models the process of finding details in text, writing a topic sentence, supporting with detail sentences, citing, and concluding.
2. Guided Practice – Watch a video clip from The Wind in the Willows (link provided) and/or read text. Collaborate to answer two questions.
3. Independent Practice – Answer questions from three additional excerpts. Two question sheets are included for each excerpt.
4. Assessment – Read the final excerpt and answer questions.
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• Answering Questions Unit
• Finding a Theme Unit
• Summarizing Unit
• Describing a Character Unit
• Words from Mythology Unit
• Prose, Drama, and Poetry Unit
• Determining and Defending Point of View Unit
• Comparing and Contrasting Folklore Unit
• Literature Assessments - Grade 4
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*The Wind in the Willows, written by Kenneth Grahame and illustrated by Paul Bransom, was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1913 and is now in the public domain.
I'm committed to continual improvement. This unit was updated and enhanced on July 10, 2017.