These task cards give students a focus for reading. They allow the students to read with a directed focus in mind. Interacting with the text is important for Common Core, and these tasks cause students to do just that. The activities are geared more for middle school and high school but can be adapted for other grades. This product is perfect for Literature Circles and Literacy Centers. The tasks are engaging, and the final products are easy to assess. Embeded in the activities are many examples of HOTs (Higher Order Thinking Skills).