Nonfiction Elements Response Task Cards

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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This set of nonfiction element response task cards are perfect to get your students responding to any nonfiction reading material. Each of the 36 different cards have writing prompts that are designed to get the students responding to the nonfiction articles and text that they are reading.

Within this task card set are nine 4-card prompt sets. The 4-card prompts are in the categories of main idea, inference, sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, description, text features, problem and solution, and summarize.

Using the task cards, the students will choose 4 different nonfiction elements to respond to any piece of nonfiction text that they are reading. These can be used for scientific articles, newspapers, social studies books, magazines, and any piece of expository writing.

The cards are also leveled to make sure that students are accessing rigorous common core standards, but avoiding the frustration level. Since each student is choosing his or her own task cards, with a variety of different nonfiction elements and rigor levels, each of the final product responses will be different. This is built in differentiation!

This set really is an easy, no fuss way to get the students responding to nonfiction text. It can be used over and over again, with many different reading materials throughout the school year!

If you like these task cards, you may enjoy the fiction story element literary response task cards.

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Total Pages
17 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).


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