This is a pack of five realistic fiction stories each with three differentiated activities that can be used independently, in whole group, small group, and even in centers. I wrote it with for third grade, but could be used for intervention, in ESL, or special ed.
I personally wrote each of the stories; they are entirely original and written for high-interest at the third grade level. The skills covered are inference, how characters change, cause and effect, text to self, forming opinions, sequencing events, visualizing, descriptive writing, adjective usage, imaging, character study, plot, prior knowledge, solutions to conflict, and two reading strategy comprehension posters are also included.
Colored pages reproduce well in black and white. Activities include the following third grade core standards:
Common Core (Reading Comprehension)
CC.3.RL.6 - Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
CC.3.RI.1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CC.3.RI.2 - Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
CC.3.RI.4 - Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
CC.3.RI.6 - Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
CC.3.W.1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
CC.3.W.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Another close read to consider:
A Dandelion's Life