The Good Readers Detective Agency is an independent reading station. This engaging station guides students’ reading and provides the teacher with concrete evidence of comprehension and vocabulary building. The station is for students reading at guided reading levels J through T (grades 2-4). The teacher trains students and provides guidance in selecting books. Students read the books and respond in the student workbook. The graphic organizers and questions are aimed at meeting Common Core State Standards. The station takes students between 10-15 hours to complete (about 3-4 weeks if used with other stations). An assessment checklist is included.
Case #3 Investigate an Author
Students read 3 books by one author. A list of recommended authors for grades 2-4 (with levels) is included. During reading, students identify story elements, build vocabulary, reflect on their favorite parts, and write like the author. After reading, students compare and contrast the three books. Students have an opportunity to express their opinion about the books and write questions they would ask the author.
- Teacher’s Notes
- Common Core State Standards
- Student Workbook (pages are numbered – cover plus 19 pages):
-- Investigate an Author
-- Book 1 Story Elements
-- Book 1 Vocabulary (2 pages)
-- Book 1 My Two Favorite Parts
-- Book 1 Write Like the Author
-- Book 2 Story Elements
-- Book 2 Vocabulary (2 pages)
-- Book 2 My Two Favorite Parts
-- Book 2 Write Like the Author
-- Book 3 Story Elements
-- Book 3 Vocabulary (2 pages)
-- Book 3 My Two Favorite Parts
-- Book 3 Write Like the Author
-- Compare the 3 Books
-- My Opinion About the Books
-- Assessment Checklist
- Assessment Teacher’s Guide
- Assessment Tracking Sheet
- Student Bookmarks (color and BW)
- Student Brag Tags (color and BW)
- List of Recommended Authors by Level
1. Gather books (2 or more authors per level with 3 or more books by each author).
2. Print and staple Student Workbooks.
3. Print and laminate Student Bookmarks.
4. Train small groups of students (guided reading groups work best).
-- Give each student a workbook.
-- Explain the focus and purpose (reading books by one author).
-- Briefly introduce and review the pages in the workbook.
-- Provide books at their level. Allow students to select an author and their first book.
-- Give each student a bookmark.
5. Students independently read and respond in their workbooks (schedule 20-25 minutes about 3 times per week for this station).
6. Check student progress and answer questions 1 or 2 times a week. Do a quick check during guided reading groups or circulate the room and check on individual students.
7. After each student completes reading 3 books and the workbook activities, assess the student’s work using the Assessment Checklist.
8. Early finishers can complete another workbook and read 3 different books.
9. Give out Brag Tags and/or prizes (such as magnifying lens, book light, etc.).
I have used this reading station for two years in my classroom. Students LOVE it! They enjoy choosing their own books and completing the workbook. This station keeps students engaged in meaningful reading activities while I work with guided reading groups.
More products in this series:
Good Readers Detective Agency Case #1 Book Series
Good Readers Detective Agency Case #2 Realistic Fiction
Good Readers Detective Agency Case #4 Nonfiction: Read to Learn