Story Element Response Task Cards

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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This set of literary element response task cards are perfect to get your students responding to any fiction reading material. Each of the 28 different cards have writing prompts that are designed to get the students responding to the literature that they are reading.

Within this task card set are seven 4-card prompt sets. The 4-card prompts are in the categories of plot, point of view, setting, character traits, conflict, theme, and author's purpose.

Using the task cards, the students will choose 4 different literary elements to respond to any piece of literature that they are reading. These can be used for novels, short stories, or any books that the students are reading.

The cards are also leveled to make sure that students are accessing rigorous common core standards, but avoiding the frustration level. Since each student is choosing his or her own task cards, with a variety of different literary elements and rigor levels, each of the final product responses will be different. This is built in differentiation!

This set really is an easy, no fuss way to get the students responding to literature. It can be used over and over again, with many different reading materials throughout the school year!

If you like these task cards, you may like the In 5 Days series used to teach all of the literary elements.

Plot in 5 Days
Setting in 5 Days
Character Traits in 5 Days
Theme in 5 Days
Conflict in 5 Days
Fictional Narrative in 5 Days
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15 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).


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