Reading and Writing Activities: Light the Way!
Up for consideration: Reading and Writing Activities with a BONUS of 6 Traits Writing Wall Charts:
This resource includes:
• 2 paired passages (one literary and one informational)
• 24 writing response task cards with sample answer response cards
• 3 writing prompts for narrative, expository, and persuasive writing
• Student Completion Chart
• BONUS: 6 Traits for Writing Wall Charts
Peek at the PREVIEW pages for pictures of this resource!
This product is Common Core aligned and focuses on reading and writing activities for grades 5 – 8. Students read a literary and informational paired set of passages and answer written response questions related to the topic of the paired passages.
Each written response requires the student to cite textual evidence from the passages. Each task card focuses on a Common Core Reading Standard that covers Reading Literature (RL) Standards 1 – 6 and Reading Information (RI) Standards 1 – 6. Each task card is written on a different Depth of Knowledge (DOK) level for each standard covered. This allows the students to focus on a specific standard to learn, remediate, or enrich. Use the DOK levels to scaffold the rigor of the written response tasks.
Students also write a narrative, expository, and/or persuasive essay where they respond to a prompt related to the literary and informational set of passages. As students complete the writing tasks, they fill in the task log on their Student Completion Chart. The teacher or student-pairs can grade the task cards using the answer keys.
1. Diagnostic: use the written response tasks as a diagnostic to determine each students level of writing on a specific standard.
2. Guided (teacher-led) Literacy Station: use the written response tasks in a guided (teacher-led) literacy station to scaffold students’ reading and writing skills.
3. Reading and Writing Literacy Station: use the written response tasks in a reading and writing literacy station.
4. Formative or Summative assessment: use the writing prompts as a formative or summative assessment.
This Reading and Writing Resource is aligned with the following Common Core Standards for 5th - 8th grade Language Arts:
Reading Literature (RL):
RL.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
RL.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
RL.5 Compare the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
RL.6 Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created using dramatic irony) creates such effects as suspense or humor.
Reading Information (RI):
RI.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RI.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
RI.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories)
RI.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
RI.5 Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
RI.6 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.
From NO PREP to VERY LITTLE PREP! If you choose to have students select one or more writing tasks from a sheet that contains four writing tasks or cut out the task cards and laminate for easy-to-use literacy centers.
Check out my other resources:
Punctuation Day Flip Book 2
Reading Strategies Bookmarks
Parts of Speech & Punctuation Diagnostic
Citing Text Evidence Scaffold Activity
For more resources…
Blog Literacy Art by Iris
Pin Literacy Art by Iris
Like Literacy Art by Iris
Tweet Literacy Art by Iris
Share some of your great resources...just Click Here to Join Teachers Pay Teachers
This item is a paid digital download from my Teacher Pay Teacher store
It is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Please contact me if you wish to be granted special permissions!
Questions: Contact me by email at email@example.com
Happy Learning! Happy Teaching! Happy Learning!
Literacy Art by Iris©