Journeys: Grade 3 Unit 2 Open-Ended Questions

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Responding to text through writing using text evidence is a difficult, but important skill.  When a specific structure is followed to complete open-ended questions, students have an easier time understanding what guidelines are needed to complete a response.  After doing many shared writing responses and introducing each guideline independently, students are then able to incorporate them into their own responses.

About This Resource:  In this unit, I have created open-ended questions for each story in unit 2 of the grade 3 Journeys Reading Series. On each page, the guidelines (spoken about above) are included above each question for students to refer to if needed.  I also included an additional page with each question without the guidelines for differentiation or if you want to create your own. Since the reading comprehension assessments do not contain a writing component, I attach this as an additional section for each test.   You may also use it as an in class writing assignment or homework. Since I add this section to the reading tests, my grading breakdown is as follows:  

  • Vocabulary – 4 points each  
  • Comprehension Questions – 5 points each  
  • Writing – 10 points

Unit 2 Stories Include:

  • “Bat Loves the Night” by Nicola Davies
  • “What Do Illustrators Do?” by Eileen Christelow
  • “The Harvest Birds”  by Blanca Lopez de Mariscal
  • “Kamishibai Man” by Allen Say 
  • “Young Thomas Edison” by Michael Dooling

Extended Reading:  Personal Narrative Writing Prompt

  • “Amos and Boris” by William Steig
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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