Reading Comprehension Discussion Task Cards Whole Class or Independent Reading

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Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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20 Task Cards + 1 Teacher Page
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These task cards work with any story! It was a great way to encourage conversation amongst my seniors during an independent novel unit.
The discussion task cards are very colorful and engaging. The questions are helpful in guiding discussions.


Are your students easily confused when reading texts on their own? Try using these critical thinking questions to scaffold their understanding.

This product contains 20 different discussion task cards, each of which targets a different reading comprehension strategy. You can use them with whole-class reads when students are asked to read a portion of the text independently. They also work well with independent reading programs, including literature circle and book club models.

Older students need scaffolding when reading texts independently, and that scaffolding should come in various forms - not just annotation. When you use these turn-and-talk discussion task cards, you'll get a better idea of what is confusing your students; therefore, you'll be able to help them get back on track and comprehending the text more efficiently.

Reading comprehension strategies targeted in this product include predicting, connecting, summarizing, visualizing, inferring, questioning, analyzing, evaluating, and more.

What are teachers saying about these cards? "I can't believe how well these worked! I had no idea what my students were even confused about until we discussed these questions. The floodgates for discussion opened, and I was able to clarify so much for them."

Looking for additional scaffolding materials to help older students with reading comprehension? You might be interested in these independent reading support materials.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.


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