This file contains questions and writing prompts for each of the Unit 2 texts from Reading Street, Grade 4 (2011 edition): "What Jo Did," "Coyote School News," "Scene Two," "Horse Heroes," and "So You Want to Be President."
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Each set of questions ask students to apply reading skills to the text that they have read. They are not straightforward comprehension questions. Instead, they really ask students to think about the texts they are reading, and apply the skills learned in class, as required by the Common Core Standards. They may be used as comprehension checks, or open book study guides.
Each story includes 5-7 questions, with a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended response (summary). Students often must support their answers with direct or indirect references to the story.
Answer keys are included.
For each story, I have also designed a writing prompt. The prompts are meant to address both Reading and Writing Common Core standards.
Each writing prompt comes with writing paper.
Word art poetry, newspaper, expository text, drama, and personal essay.
How I Use These Items:
I use these as a week-end assessment. In order to prepare students for these assessments, I do a pre-reading discussion about genre and context, and we read the story aloud as a group while pausing for think-pair-share and interactive journaling. The students re-read the stories in partners or on their own the following day, and are given "thinking prompts" related to the skills covered on the assessment. At the end of the reading period, we discuss the students' thoughts on the prompts.
The next day, students are asked to apply the skills to other related reading selections, and finally, on Thursday they do the reading assessment. I reserved Friday for vocabulary and spelling quizzes, and "fun" reading extensions or free reading club.
Skills covered include:
1. Genre (identifying and explaining)
4. Point of View
5. Character Traits and Feelings
6. Main Idea and Supporting Details
7. Thinking Like an Author
8. Summary (fiction and non-fiction)
10. Figurative Language
11. Explanation of Text
12. Graphic Organizer
13. Genre (identifying and explaining)
14. Sensory Details
13. Structure of Non-Fiction Texts
14. Text to Self and Text to Text connections
15. Compare and Contrast
Common Core Standards Covered in these Assessments:
RL 4.1 Refer to details in a text (explicit and inferencing)
RL 4.2 Determine the theme of a story; summarize the text
RL 4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting or event
RL 4.5 Explain major differences between poems, drama and prose
RI 4.1 Refer to details and examples in an (informational) text
RI 4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details
RI 4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas or concepts in a historical text
RI 4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words
RI 4.5 Describe the overall structure in a text
RI 4.7 Interpret information presented visually or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text.
RI 4.10 Read and comprehend informational texts
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