Story Elements Close Reading Fun for Kids ~ Easy for Teachers. Gr.3,4,5

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3rd, 4th, 5th
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60 pages of differentiated, reproducible GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS and SHORT RESPONSE TEMPLATES! Great for TEST PREP, CLOSE READING, GUIDED reading instruction, comprehension building, NOTE TAKING and close WRITING practice for grades 3, 4 and 5.

PLUS 32 pages of examples and in depth, STEP by STEP, DIRECTIONS for teachers on how to train students to CLOSE READ fictional text using a FUN graphic organizer and how to CLOSE WRITE about the reading using the EVIDENCE they have collected!

Close Reading; Fun for Kids and Easy for Teachers is a Reading and Writing SYSTEM - - a unique approach to making CLOSE READING instruction SIMPLE to teach and more FUN for students to learn!

This system trains students to take close reading notes and then USE the notes to WRITE about the story (close writing!). Generic ASSESSMENTS to check comprehension of stories are included.

In order to be good readers and writers, students must be able to apply their knowledge of story structure, identify important details from the stories they read and use their notes to write structured, cohesive writing pieces with voice. Close Reading Superheroes; Fun for Kids ~ Easy for Teachers can help you with all of that!

Do you want to...

Motivate struggling readers and special education students?

Provide enrichment to above level students?

Have a generic quiz you can use as a formative assessment for any story your students read (including chapter books)?

Make your test prep SIMPLE?!

The detailed instructions included will help you holistically and easily (while reading aloud your favorite children's book) teach or review

over 20 essential language arts skills,

29 Common Core Learning Standards,

improve note taking and close reading skills,

AND train students to find and provide the evidence they need to answer short or extended response questions!

Fun for kids because it is creative and makes learning easy.
Easy for teachers because once students understand how the lesson works, they can CLOSE READ, take notes and generate solid, evidence based responses independently! Hooray!

Yes! WOW!! That's what Close Reading; Fun for Kids ~ Easy for Teachers is about!

Let’s be honest. No matter how fancy (or boring) story maps are, they are usually used to just collect information.

The Story Man story map is a child friendly graphic organizer/visual scaffolding tool that intrigues children and helps teachers TEACH skills and standards.

Don’t you love when your students leave a lesson and say, “that was fun!”? Or one of my personal favorites is, “Can we do that lesson again?” Since Story Man is a storyteller, students enjoy learning with Story Man. Students tell their teachers that “Story Man is fun!” and say, “It’s like doing a puzzle. My students story map cartoons for homework! One third grader commented that Story Man was like a “cheat sheet” because he had all the answers he needed for the writing task already written on his story map! Sounds ready for a state assessment, doesn't he?

Let me know if you have any questions.

For MORE close reading REPRODUCIBLES created to help students close read text and writing TEMPLATES designed to train writers to use details, check out

Close Reading; Summary Practice Nonfiction; GREAT for getting OBSERVED!
Close Reading; Analyzing Characters;GREAT for getting OBSERVED!
Close Reading; Summarizing Stories;GREAT for getting OBSERVED!
Close Writing; The PQA Quiz; Assessments for Fictional Stories
Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph
Writing; The Picture Paragraph
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Story Elements Close Reading Fun for Kids ~ Easy for Teach
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