Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for Teachers is a comprehensive set of 148 questions on color coded 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 Details 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
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.
*** 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 the other close reading units included in the bundles, here they are:
Close Reading Using Informational Text for 3rd Grade
Close Reading Using Informational Text for 4th - 5th Grade
Looking for other reading resources?
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade
Text Evidence: 4th and 5th Grade
Characters, Settings, and Events:4th and 5th Grade
Inferences Using Literature: 4th and 5th Grade
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