Get students talking about informational text using academic vocabulary by answering concise, on-target discussion questions. Differentiated Question Cards reinforce CCSS vocabulary and elicit a student response that addresses specific standards for Informational Text. Use this resource in multi-age/multi-level settings such as reading groups, literature circles, student-led discussions, differentiated homework, or a family literacy night.
Benefits for Students:
• The differentiated question cards provide a visual “vertical alignment” and the opportunity for students to monitor their own progress of Informational text reading standards.
• Discussion questions facilitate comprehension without the stress of crafting a written response.
• English Learners are given the opportunity to expand their academic Spanish vocabulary and practice reading comprehension even before they are proficient in English.
Benefits For Parents:
• The easy-to-understand format provides a visual “vertical alignment” and the opportunity for parents to monitor their child’s progress of Informational text reading standards.
• The discussion prompts facilitates parents’ understanding of Informational text reading standards and provides a practical tool that can immediately be used to at home with multiple ages to promote reading comprehension at the appropriate challenge level.
• Both the English and Spanish translations communicate the rigor of standards and use consistent CCSS academic vocabulary.
• Once printed on cardstock, the question cards can be hung from a binder ring which will help keep it from becoming lost in a pile of papers.
• 72 discussion questions/prompts total: 3rd grade (15), 4th grade (18), 5th grade (18), and 6th grade (21).
• 6 reproducible pages in English (Cover, Note to Parents, and 10 half-page question cards)
• 6 reproducible pages in Spanish (Cover, Note to Parents, and 10 half-page question cards) Translation maintains consistent use of Spanish academic vocabulary.
• 11 page document outlining the progression of standards, objectives, and discussion questions.
Organization of the Literature Question Cards:
• BY CARD: Each card contains one CCSS standard for reading Informational Text.
• BY SECTION: Each card contains four sections, one for each 3-6 grade level.
• BY BULLET: Within each section, the bulleted question/prompt correlates to a specific grade-level objective.
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Discussion Questions for the following CCSS Standards:
Explicit Text & Inferences (RI.3.1, RI.4.1, RI.5.1, RI.6.1)
Main Ideas (RI.3.2, RI.4.2, RI.5.2, RI.6.2)
Individuals, Events & Ideas (RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3, RI.6.3)
Understanding Vocabulary in Context (RI.3.4, RI.4.4, RI.5.4, RI.6.4)
Structures of Informational Text (RI.3.5, RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5)
Perspective (RI.3.6, RI.4.6, RI.5.6, RI.6.6)
Multimedia Elements (RI.3.7, RI.4.7, RI.5.7, RI.6.7)
Author’s Points (RI.3.8, RI.4.8, RI.5.8, RI.6.8)
Multiple Texts (RI.3.9, RI.4.9, RI.5.9, RI.6.9)
NOTE ABOUT USE FOR FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT: This is a license for single classroom use only. If you are a teacher hosting a center/activity as part of a school-wide family involvement outreach and would like to distribute directly to students and parents in attendance, please purchase one additional license. The additional license grants permission to distribute photocopies of the document to students and parents that are not in your classroom, but in attendance during the event. If you would like to share with other teachers at your school site, you can purchase more licenses.
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