Class novels are an amazing way to open up a whole new world of literacy to students and introduce them to stories that they may not read themselves. When read to the class, they also promote good listening skills.
These task cards can be used for either a class novel ‘read aloud’ (ie read by the teacher) or for assigned reading where students are required to read a certain number of chapters within a time limit.
Each of these cards correspond with a chapter or small group of chapters. See the images for the first task card.
Once the chapters are read, the corresponding task card is then handed out, glued at the top of the page of the student’s work book with the remainder of the page being used to answer the questions.
Each task card involves answering a combination of comprehension questions, using critical thinking or providing students own opinion. An occasional art task (such as draw the character as described in the chapter) is also included.
Once completed, the teacher can use the template to quickly assess students understanding, behaviour and level of class participation, cutting down on lengthy marking time.
Each page intentionally includes 4 copies of the same task card to reduce on photocopying costs.
A set of the task cards with AU/UK spelling plus a second set with US spelling is included to cater for regional spellings of occasional words (such as behaviour / behavior).
NOTE – Alternatively, you may also choose to use some of the questions on the cards within a small group discussion.