This three-minute video tutorial teaches fourth graders to construct responses. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, cite, support with detail sentences, and conclude. Fourteen pages of support materials provide everything you’ll need to teach, reinforce, and assess this standard.
• One-page text of “Spring” (an excerpt from The Wind in the Willows
• Question sheet with guiding checklist that corresponds to the video
• Question sheet with guiding checklist for additional practice with “Spring”
• Generic question sheet with guiding checklist
• Poster/handout with examples of ways to use question parts when writing a topic sentence
• Poster/handout with ways to refer to the text
• Poster/handout with ways to start a conclusion
• Rubric that includes assessment of citing (with and without CCSS listed at top)
• Rubric that does not include citing (with and without CCSS listed at top)
• Quick check sheet
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved.
For more practice with the ongoing story of The Wind in the Willows
*, try the Answering Questions Practice Pack
If you’re looking for a complete set of reading materials, check out Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle
, which addresses all fourth grade literature standards.
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Common Core State Standard Reading: Literature 4.1 (CCSS RL.4.1)
Indiana ELA Standard for Literature 4.RL.2.1
*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.