NO PREP Common Core Reading Task Cards (Ideal for any fiction/literature books)

Grade Levels
4th - 5th, Homeschool
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These fantastic Common Core reading task cards will push your student to think critically about what they read! Your students will infer, predict, summarize, and analyze the plot events, setting, and characters of their books. The task cards work for any type of literature/fiction novel and are a fantastic addition to your novel studies lessons or independent reading.

The lesson comes with teacher instructions, a student guideline page, a reading terms list, student checklist, and a student sample to teach from. You may use these 40 task card prompts as homework throughout the year and have students glue their responses into a journal. Or, you may want your students to work on keyboarding skills so they can create an E-portfolio to type their responses. I use these task cards in my own classroom for independent reading homework and we have the best discussions as a result of them. In addition, I also use the same prompts in class for our novel studies. The task cards can be re-used as they can relate to many different genres of fiction and any type of book that has a setting, plot, and characters!

Here is a sample task card that is included in this lesson: Dialogue, or character talk, adds to the story. It shows how a character is responding to another character or it tells about important plot events. Write down some dialogue from your book and then explain why it’s important to the story. Also, explain which character said it.

Here is another sample task card: How do your main characters interact with the setting? For instance, do they live in the house where most of the story is set? Have they gone on an adventure to search for something? Please explain how the characters and setting are connected.

These task cards were designed to align with the following 4th Grade Common Core Standards:

In addition, they work well with the following 5th grade standards. Fifth grade teachers should just stipulate that their students include direct quotes to support them.


All students will use their text to support them and include specific details that relate, so make sure your students each have a copy of the book to pull details from. In other words, these won't work as well with read-aloud books.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions! Thank you for stopping by my store! :) Adrienne Boone
Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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