Students will love using these Informational Text Pointers as they read. As teachers highlight specific common core tasks, students can complete them by attaching pointers to the text. This is a great tool for use with Common Core Reading Literacy Activities and Document-Based Questions. The Informational Text Pointers are a fun way to bookmark information when answering text dependent questions.
Print the pointers on cardstock cut out and laminate. Attach large paperclips to the back of each pointer.
Give kids a specific task to focus on using related pointers. For example, find the main idea and key details in the story. Or, point to each of the steps in a technical or scientific document.
You can print a set for each student or place groups of related pointers in baggies, at a literacy center. Students can pair together to find text-based evidence and clip the pointers throughout the story for the assigned task. This will make it easy to refer back to the text to write about later.
Send a set of pointers for students to use when reading at home. When they bring the text back the next day, the text-based evidence will already be highlighted and ready for discussion or journaling activities.
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