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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:
Unit 2 Stories Include:
Extended Reading: Personal Narrative Writing Prompt