Independent Reading Task Cards

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Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
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Task cards are versatile tools that make your students active and reflective learners. These cards can also help you manage independent reading, something that can be difficult when students are at various places in different books. The questions on these cards can help them have meaningful discussions about books, even though they aren't reading the same thing.

Suggestions for Use:
-Draw cards randomly for full class discussion or to use as a writing prompt.

-Set up learning stations (one for character, one for theme, one for making text-self connections, etc.) Students can rotate from station to station where they will either do a journal entry or have a small group discussion—or a mix of both.

-Use them for small group discussions. Group students and give them a random grouping of cards. Students will take turns responding to the questions on the cards they have been assigned.

-Use them for reading conferences with your students.

Print them off on cardstock in either color or grey scale and then cut them out. I have included a page with “backs” for the cards, if you would like to have them look more finished, as well as blank ones that you can personalize. The cards will last longer if you laminate them, but that is not necessary. One handy way to use them is to group them in categories (use mine or make your own) and attach them with a book ring. You could also just mix them all together, ignoring the categories, for a more spontaneous discussion about the books.

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See what other teachers are saying:
♥ This is one of the best resources! This is great resource to use to provide support to students in their independent reading. I use these when conferencing with students.
♥ These are GREAT for quick writing tasks at the beginning of class, especially during literature circles. Thanks - I love these!

You might also be interested in my Independent Reading Learning Stations and Writing Prompts for Independent Reading.

These task cards would also be a great companion to this product: Speaking & Listening Activities, Strategies and Assessments.

Learning Stations:
Independent Reading Stations
Grammar Stations Bundle
Independent Reading Learning Stations
Discovering Theme Learning Stations
Essay Revision Learning Stations
Narrative Writing Stations
Halloween Creative Writing Learning Stations

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Total Pages
72 cards
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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