Non-Fiction STATIONS for ANY Informational Text - w/ Digital Distance Learning

Joy Sexton
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Non-Fiction Stations provide engaging and motivating activities that will have your students practicing crucial reading comprehension and analysis skills with any article you choose. Now includes a digital version great for distance learning! Students enjoy movement and group work! These 10 stations provide specific standards-based practice, engaging students in discussion, close reading, and deep thinking.

Detailed task cards and inviting student handouts make the activities both challenging and fun. And you can use the stations over and over again with different articles. Perfect for articles from,, Vale Middle School’s Article of the Week, etc.

Clear and specific teacher guidelines are provided to make set up and grading super quick and easy. Great for differentiation—with 10 different stations, you choose the stations that best fit your students’ needs.

Each station takes approximately 25 minutes, so when rotating students through the skills, you'll have 4-5 days of exciting station work!

The DIGITAL version offers colorful, nicely-designed slides that allow students to type their responses into text boxes.

With both print-and-go AND digital versions, you'll be equipped for all teaching situations! Plus, you'll be able to differentiate according to your students' needs.

To access the DIGITAL version of this resource, you will find:
--a PDF with digital links for the task cards, station handout-slides, and rubric
--directions for uploading the resources and using them with students



1. Main Ideas and Evidence

2. Text-Based Inferences

3. Central Idea and Details

4. Objective Summary

5. New Vocabulary

6. Author’s Word Choice

7. Author’s Point of View

8. Evaluating Claims and Evidence

9. Central Idea Broadcast

10. Text Evidence Acrostic

NOTE: Texts are not provided in this resource. Teachers provide the article(s) they would like to use. Great with the same article at all stations or use of different articles.

This Resource Includes:

1. TASK CARDS – Ten colorful task cards, each with a section entitled “What You’ll Be Doing.” Here, students are informed of each step involved in their activity. Students read the task card together when they assemble at the station.

2. STUDENT HANDOUTS – The 2-sided handouts are creatively designed and align with the station task cards so students can get right into their activity and begin discussing and delving into the topic.

3. SIGNS FOR EACH STATION – Ten colorful folding stand-up signs that match the task cards - can be numbered and set on the table or group of desks for each station to guide students to their areas.

4. GRADING RUBRIC – A 4-point Grading Rubric is included for your convenience. The rubric describes qualities of student work on four levels with space for you to assign you own grade or number of points.

5. AMENDED TASK CARDS – A set of task cards is included without mention of a group grading system. These cards can be used in place of the original task cards by teachers who prefer to grade each student’s work individually.

6. TEACHER GUIDELINES – Specific guidelines for implementing and grading the station work offer suggestions and tips for getting the most out of this resource and using it with ease (including a quick grading method).

If you are looking for engaging ELA activities that provide rigor and motivate your students, look no further! These stations offer meaningful practice for critical skills that will help students gain success and bolster confidence for state testing. As you circulate the classroom, your students will be discussing, analyzing, delving into text, applying, and creating together.

Please open the PREVIEW for a closer look!

Thanks --Joy

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.


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