As reading teachers, we are all trying to promote independence as we teach our students to become better readers. If you have already jumped on the task card train, you know that they are fantastic for helping your students to become more independent in all areas. Independent reading task cards are perfect for literature circles as well as for giving your independent readers some guidance. This set of task cards is broken down into four categories: comprehension tasks, visualization tasks, quote analysis, and vocabulary. Within a reading group or literature circle, students may divide up these tasks, keeping each job for a day, a week, or the entire duration of the book. Once each student has completed his or her designated task, the finished product acts as a springboard for the group discussion. Once you teach your students to use task cards in a literature circle setting, the book talks will lead themselves.
If your students’ reading abilities are too varied for you to implement the literature circle model, task cards are the perfect way to assess your independent readers’ use of reading strategies. Through use of the task cards, students are assessed on comprehension, fluency, use of visualization techniques, text analysis, and vocabulary.
I hope you enjoy using literacy task cards in your classroom as much as we do!
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