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WHY WOULD THIS RESOURCE GREATLY BENEFIT YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS?
The leveled readers (in your California 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:
Which text evidence supports the inference that people today care less about voting than people did in the past?
Start with: “I can tell that people care less today about voting because the text says. . .”
On which page did you find your evidence? ______
Under what conditions would the Americans have been willing to pay taxes?
Start with: “They would have been willing to pay taxes if . . .”
On which page did you find your evidence? _______
Which text evidence explains the role of political parties in a democracy?
Start with: “Political parties. . .”
On which page did you find your evidence? _____
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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!