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I have created these pages as additional written comprehension for the LLI Gold (Grade 4) texts, to be used as supported practice, independent practice, homework, test prep, or for MTSS data collection.
Each worksheet includes 3-4 questions targeting within, about, and/or beyond the text thinking. Questions include key points in the text as well as questions that scaffold towards a high-level comprehension of the text.
At the bottom of each regular lesson page is a “deep thinking” question that I have chosen to be the focus of our group discussion on the text. Students are not expected to write about this question, although they are encouraged to discuss this point with an adult or family member at home.
Also included is a 6-page supplement for the Novel Study lesson (LLI Lessons 25-28). These pages are designed to be three, 2-sided sheets - one for each day of chapter reading. Each chapter set includes targeted vocabulary and written-response questions. The final day includes the "deep thinking" question and an additional writing task assignment.
I have found these to be very useful for:
Who and Why:
Although the LLI Gold System is targeted for 4th grade students, I use it with some of my Tier 3 5th and/or 6th grade groups. These students are significantly below grade level in their reading ability, but they continue to need practice with oral and written comprehension in a way that more closely matches their classwork. Therefore, these sheets have been created to help bridge that gap.
I also found that when I sent home the independent level books for students to continue reading at home (as prescribed by the LLI lesson plans), my students needed an additional accountability measure to ensure that this reading homework got done.
How I Use This Resource:
I typically send these worksheets home as independent homework for the texts that are at the group’s independent level, both as a comprehension check and as an accountability measure to ensure that the group reads the text at home.
For texts at the instructional level, students read the text during our small group time, sometimes over the course of two days. We discuss the text, and typically begin working on these worksheets together. Students are then expected to take this worksheet home and complete it.
As an MTSS / RtI Resource:
My LLI groups are Tier 2 or Tier 3 reading intervention groups. For students at these levels, I have found that often they are not struggling with reading accuracy, but with comprehension. For most of my groups, I grade these comprehension checks and keep this data as a record of student comprehension growth (in addition to the LLI running record data). Although this is a somewhat subjective measure, I have found that it is a valuable additional data point when considering a student’s specific needs.
All of the associated LLI lessons and texts are copywritten by Fountas & Pinnell literacy. More information about LLI can be found at http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/lli/
I am continuing to build and add to this resource as I work with my RtI groups. I welcome any and all feedback and questions, and I will continue to review and refine these pages with my own experiences and your feedback!