Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for 3rd - 6th Grade

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Task Cards: Close Reading Questions for Teachers is a comprehensive set of 148 questions on Task Cards that teachers can use with any Close Reading text. All of these questions are designed to help your students practice digging deeper into the text and each question can be used with one type of text (Fiction or Informational Text) and sometimes both. Three additional handouts and detailed teacher notes about the process of Close Reading are also included.

Specifically this unit contains:

44 Key Ideas and Detail Question Task Cards

44 Craft and Structure Question Task Cards

44 Integration of Knowledge and Key Ideas Question Task Cards

16 Evidence from the Text Task Cards

Handout on Annotations

Handout on the Close Reading Process for Teachers

Handout on the Close Reading Process for Students

Detailed Teacher Notes

Four Close Reading Posters

I am crazy about task cards for students but these task cards are a little different…they're for teachers! This set of 148 Close Reading Question Task Cards will come in handy as you navigate your way through Close Reading. The questions found here will help your students go back to the text and to dig deeper to find answers.

More about the questions… These cards were created to be a versatile tool because they can be used with any text, whether it is a piece of fiction or non-fiction. Individual cards will work well for one or both of the text types. They are titled as well as color coded which makes them handy. That way if you're using your own text, you can easily find questions at each of the three levels that will match the passage you're focusing on.

More about Close Reading questions…After the first read, students will answer Key Ideas and Details types of questions. These questions ask basic information about key details, characters, setting, main idea or who/what/when/where types of questions. The cards are titled Key Ideas and Details and they are color coded pink.

After the second read, the questions are ramped up a bit and deal with the passage's Craft and Structure. These cards are color coded blue. Students will be asked about vocabulary choices, text features, text structures, and point of view.

When the third text reading is complete, students will answer even higher level thinking questions called Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. These questions ask them to compare and contrast, to find cause and effect relationships, to synthesize and analyze information from the text. Integration of Knowledge and ideas cards are color coded purple.

There are also cards called "Evidence from the Text" cards which are yellow. These are good to use with many of the other three types of question cards to remind students to cite evidence from the text to support their ideas. So, once you've selected a good question, feel free to add the Evidence from the Text piece on the end of the question wherever it fits well.

Once you laminate the cards, you can separate them into question type (done easily by color) and store them in envelopes/baggies in a plastic shoe box. Another way to store them is to hole punch the corner and put each set on rings. Super useful and organized in my opinion!

I just love these teacher task cards and am so happy to share them with you. I really hope that it is a worthwhile tool for you too and that it will be help your students master the skill of Close Reading.

*** Please note that this Close Reading resource is also included in two discounted close reading bundles:
Close Reading Bundle for 3rd Grade

Close Reading Bundle for 4th/5th Grades

If you'd like more information on my other close reading units, here they are:

Close Reading Using Informational Text for 3rd Grade

Close Reading Using Informational Text for 4th - 5th Grade

If you're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:

Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary

Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core

Reasons and Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade

Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade

Inferences Using Literature: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core

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Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for 3rd - 6th Grade
Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for 3rd - 6th Grade
Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for 3rd - 6th Grade
Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for 3rd - 6th Grade
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