Here is a generic activity menu with nine activties aligned to your Common Core ELA RI. Standards. This is a sustainable tool that can be used over and over again as you change the titles of your Informational and Non-fiction texts with students. However, although the activities are generic the standards are strictly aligned and Common Core specific.
1) Introduce activities whole class over the course of 3-4 weeks. Provide guided practice, model the expected quality of response from students, provide constructive feedback so students get stronger in responding each time, and share exemplars of quality responses so students develop a richer, more rigorous response to literature at an independent level.
A student response sheet is included for each activity for formative assessments!
2) Then EITHER...
Handout menus to students working independently at their seats while you pull your guided reading groups. Allow students to choose 2-3 activities from the menu over the course of 2-3 days you pull guided reading groups.
Enlarge each activity and take it off the menu to set up to nine informational text literacy centers. Place specific titles in each center that lend themself to the Common Core activity at that station. Assign students to work collaboratively for peer models and peer teaching support knowing which students need repeated practice with specific standards from the Informational Text objectives.