Are your students reading, but not digging deep enough into the text? You tell them, "Find the evidence, and support your answer," but they don't understand what they need to do?
Try using these deep retells to scaffold the process. Students are required to find evidence from the text and explain how it relates to the character's motivation, author's purpose, and/or theme, depending on what sheet you need!
Give your students an opportunity to find specific evidence from the text and form their own arguments for how that evidence relates to the targeted skill. They are required to find text evidence and also write a reason for HOW/WHY that evidence pertains to the theme. This was highly effective with my third graders!
If theme is difficult, I've also included a "5 steps to finding theme sheet" that can be used during I-do, we-do, or you-do. It requires students to write down information about the characters, problem, and solution to realize what the theme is.
Once students are ready to move on, there is a narrative summary graphic organizer included to help students start to summarize text! I use these sheets constantly and my students enjoy them because they feel motivated and accomplished!