WHY WOULD THIS RESOURCE GREATLY BENEFIT YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS?
The leveled readers (in your Benchmark Advance teaching materials) that go with this resource were designed for use with small groups. I found my students really struggling with the level of complexity in the leveled reader questions. The questions really require a lot of analyzing. Students need to understand not only what the questions are asking of them, but they also need to understand HOW to formulate an answer in response to these extremely difficult questions.
My approach in building this product was to GUIDE students and HELP them start their responses to the reader questions so that when they are giving answers, they are answering in complete sentences, and are answering thoroughly. I’ve also provided a place for students to indicate where they’ve located their text evidence for their answers.
Here are a few sample questions and what I include on the forms I’ve created:
How does the boy on page 6 help his family?
Start with: “The boy helps his family by. . .”
Who makes rules at school?
Start with: “School rules are made by. . .”
On which page did you find your text evidence? ______
Look at the cover. How do you know the boy is helping a friend?
Start with: “I know he is helping because. . .”
These text evidence question sheets accompany the leveled readers that come with the Benchmark Advance language arts curriculum. They contain the same questions that are provided in the Benchmark Advance teaching materials, but with a few exciting additions that make them much more student-friendly. Within each unit, there are text evidence questions for all twelve leveled readers that come with the teaching materials. There are two pages for each leveled reader (for a total of 8 questions per reader). They may be copied back-to-back if you wish!
Exciting features of these forms includes the following:
* Lined handwriting space for students to write responses to the questions
* A place for students to indicate where they found their text evidence
* Guidance for every question on how students can form their answers into complete sentences by restating the question.
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***Please note that Benchmark Advance is currently a specific CALIFORNIA adopted curriculum. If you are from another state and using Benchmark, your curriculum may not align with that of California’s. In addition, I’ve used the online Benchmark Universe platform to access the information to create these materials. Since Benchmark Advance is so new, the publisher is constantly making corrections to their online versions to typos and mistakes. If there are any discrepancies in what you see in my product and what are see in your Teachers’ Resources, please let me know so that I can make corrections and send you a new file. Thank you!