The 80 cloze stories and activities in this unit were created to highlight and reinforce specific comprehension skills and increase fluency. Each story features an interesting science or social studies topic in a “bare-bones” format that offers no visual cues or story titles. Students must determine the main idea by using context clues only.
After students have filled in the blanks with the appropriate words and re-read the story to make sure it makes sense, they can then create a title for the story to show their understanding of the main idea.
The stories are sequential in length and reading difficulty, beginning with short paragraphs and building to full-page stories. Reading level ranges from grade 3 to grade 5. Fluency is promoted by requiring students to read each story at least twice. Follow-up questions focus on many different comprehension skills and
help promote a broad understanding of the story.
Reading Level 3-5 | Interest Level 3-12
Skills Covered Include:
- Main idea
- Drawing conclusions
- Locating the answer
- Predicting outcomes
- Context clues
- Finding facts/Reading for details
- Fact or opinion
- Cause and effect
- Choosing the right word
- Resource skills
- Prior knowledge
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