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LAT 1: Fables... This set of reading comprehension passages and questions is fantastic. It comes in two formats, a set of task cards and an assessment/practice test. It's a comprehensive literary resource that can be used as a diagnostic test, a teaching tool, independent or small group practice, an actual assessment... and so much more!
For the editable version of this same resource, please click here:
Included in this resource is a Teacher's Lesson Planning Cheat Sheet where you can find the targeted reading skills addressed in each question. The format was modeled after PARCC’s and LEAP 2025’s "Literary Analysis Task," but if your students take different standardized tests, you're still covered! Each text and question mirror the rigor required of 3rd graders taking ACT Aspire, STARR, Smarter Design, FSA, and other assessments.
I LOOOOVE THIS FEEDBACK FROM ONE TEACHER:
"This was amazing. It hit all of the skills I needed, my kids were super engaged, and they told me at the end that they hadn't even realized we were doing test prep!"
With this resource, you'll get 2 versions. They both use the same 2 passages and 12 questions and mirror the format and rigor of recent standardized tests.
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Product Details for LAT 1: The Fox, the Goat, and the Stork (Literary Analysis Task, Resource No. 1)
-Teacher's Lesson Planning Cheat Sheet (CCSS & LSS correlations, targeted reading skills, approximate reading levels of passages, passage word counts, answer keys)
-2 fables, originally written by Aesop, modified by Shannah Ellender Yuratich
•“The Fox and the Goat” (600L-700L approximate reading level)
•"The Fox and the Stork" (600L-700L approximate reading level)
-11 Part A/Part B (EBSR) multiple choice questions, including 2 multiple-select ques.
-1 written response question requiring text details from BOTH stories in the answer
-3 written response formats for differentiation
•Option 1- prompt only (sample answer/exemplar included)
•Option 2- prompt with explanatory writing checklist and hints
(sample answer/exemplar included)
•Option 3- scaffolded notes used to form a complete answer for this prompt
(sample answers for scaffolded notes included)
*For easy organization, the task cards include (See the preview for a visual.):
-Explanatory Writing Checklist with tips that apply to the stories on LAT 1
Ideas for Using the Assessment/Practice Test:
-whole group test prep
-close reading instruction
-small group differentiation
Ideas for Using the Task Cards:
-small group differentiation
-quick formative assessments
Literary standards and targeted skills addressed in this resource:
-RL3.1 Text Evidence
-RL3.2 Central Message/Theme/Moral
-RL3.2 Recount Fables
-RL3.3 Character Motivation
-RL3.3 Character Traits
-RL3.3 Character's Response to Events
-RL3.4 Word Meaning Using Context Clues
-RL3.4 Meaning of a Nonliteral Phrase Using Context Clues
-RL3.7 Contribution of an Illustration to What is Conveyed in a Story
Language standards and targeted topics addressed in this resource:
-L3.1 Correct grammar and usage when writing an essay
-L3.2 Correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing an essay
-L3.4a Context Clues
Writing standards and targeted topics addressed in this resource:
•Write an explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas & information clearly
•introduce a topic
•group related information together
•develop the topic with details from the text(s)
•use linking words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information
•provide a concluding statement or section
A little more info about how and why I scaffolded the constructed response answers:
I've always had trouble with students not being able to answer a constructed response question completely, and I've struggled with how to manage the many levels of proficiency within one classroom. I have some students who write beautiful, well thought out answers that address EVERYTHING the prompt asks, students who have no idea where to begin, and everything in between! This will save lots of planning time, and you'll be really happy with the results if you use what I’ve created to reach just about every student in your class. It makes test prep much easier!
This is how I've set up the scaffolding. First, for the constructed response question, I've provided an exemplar response in case you'd like to share what a top-quality response looks and sounds like. Then you'll give out one of three provided constructed response pages depending on the level of each student. The options you'll have in your download are:
1) for reluctant writers: an already deconstructed prompt in which they'll answer questions along the way as a form of pre-writing
2) for almost-there writers: bullet points after the prompt to remind students what to include for a top quality answer
3) for proficient writers: only the prompt and space for an answer
Please let me know if you have any problems with the resource or if there is anything at all I can help you with!