Critical Thinking Reading Response Grids for 4 quarters

Critical Thinking Reading Response Grids for 4 quarters
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4 Reading Response Choice Grids. Quarters 1 and 2 have an additional Challenge grid for higher level readers/writers. The 3rd and 4th have challenge opportunities worked into the full page grid. All response choices are currently aligned with the NCSCoS 2nd grade reading objectives (as indicated by objective number at bottom of each box). I left the numbers on to show how you might match up the Common Core Standards, for example. Very helpful for grading. Some of the Essential Skill objectives will pop up in more than one quarter (i.e. nf/f retelling choices).

How I used them in my classroom:

While students were at their "Independent Reading" Center, they were also responding to their reading by referring to the grid for that quarter. It was clipped into their Reader's Notebook. The kids color in a box after they write a thoughtful response to the question. The kids were required to do only a few in the beginning and up to about 16 in a quarter by the end of the year. These were great to use as a grade for reading and/or writing and it helped to teach the kids that thoughtful responses with support and evidence is what we are looking for.

Good response writing, "juicy responses" as we called them, needed to be modeled for at least a week in the beginning and then intermittently throughout the quarters.

I've revised and improved the grids each year I've used them. This type of prompting/questioning aligns with the persuasive and opinion type writing the Common Core Standards are looking for.
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