Reading Response Task Menu w/Critical Thinking Questions for Any Book

Grade Levels
4th - 12th, Homeschool
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BEST SELLER! This set of twenty-five reading response task menus (27 pages, 25 menus) asks the reader to write a written response based on a critical thinking question. The reader chooses a focus for his or her response on specific questions from a selection of questions. Grading rubric included.

There are twenty-five categories: Elements of Fiction, Character Analysis, Knowledge & Comprehension, Nonfiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Theme, Author's Perspective, Connections, Thinking Beyond the Text, Infer & Synthesize, Plays, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magazine Article, Biography, Narrative Nonfiction, Advertisement (Persuasive), Fairy Tale or Folktale, Mystery, Visualization, Infographics, Textbook Chapter, Emails, and How To / Directions.

There is one page for each category. Each page has six-sets of "tasks" or questions the reader chooses from for his or her response. Following the questions is a set of lines for writing. There is an additional lined page you can copy onto the back for longer responses.

The focused questions are generic and can apply to any middle grade or young adult text at the student's instructional level. The difference is the level of sophistication of their written responses. The reading response questions are appropriate for grades 4 thru 12.

Examples of Questions:

(Fiction) Think about the setting of the story. How does the setting effect how the character thinks and acts? What would happen if the setting were changed?

(Nonfiction) What the most important things you learned about the topic? What are the main ideas presented in the piece? How do the ideas progress from one to the next?

(Poetry) What is the theme of the poem? What are some of the clues the author gives you to understand the theme? How does the theme affect the language of the poem?

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**This product was updated December 12, 2015.

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27 pages
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