This resource is great to use for differentiated small group instruction, reading conferences, and student discussion since the questions can apply to any fictional text. By targeting one standard (R.L.6,7,8.3), it will help you gather important data about student progress and mastery and effectively differentiate instruction.
This product includes a detailed teacher guide that explains how and when to use the leveled questions, student note pages, and graphic organizers. It also explains how to evaluate student responses to the questions.
Following the teacher's guide, I have included four pages of leveled questions to guide you through individual reading conferences or small group instruction. Level 1 questions are more fact-focused; Level 2 questions ask for an additional level of analysis; and Level 3 questions push students to explain their reasoning in more depth. Each question page includes 4-6 question sets (each question set has a Level 1, a Level 2, and a Level 3 question) and focuses on a different aspect of story development: plot development, character development, intersecting story elements, and key lines & moments. To facilitate differentiation, the final page includes higher-level questions regarding each of these elements. These questions are designed for advanced readers who need more of a challenge.
For your convenience, I have also included reading task cards containing the question sets. These task cards can be printed, copied, cut out, and laminated to better facilitate individual conferencing and small group instruction. They would also be a great resource to foster student discussion about a common text, or to elicit a quick, thoughtful written response about independent reading.
At the end of the product, I have included six pages of student-friendly notes to provide students with an understanding of different story elements as well as how they intersect. its relationship to the concept of perspective, and why it is important to consider the point-of-view of a text. The first two pages focus on the elements of plot (e.g., exposition, climax) and plot development. The third page focuses on character development, including how authors reveal character traits. The fourth page includes a list of positive, neutral, and negative words to describe characters’ traits. This page will be extremely helpful for students to have as a reference when discussing character development. The fifth page provides a visual illustrating the ways in which setting, plot, and character intersect and influence one another. The final notes page defines and provides examples of key lines & moments in texts. To accompany the notes, I have included a guided notes page to help students organize their learning as they read through the notes. Following the notes, I have included three graphic organizers, each of which focuses on a different element of story development: character development, plot development, and key lines & moments. These graphic organizers can be used to provide additional support for students who have not yet mastered the standard, or they can be used as a tool to help all students consider story development.
I hope this product is helpful to you as you teach and talk about story development in your classroom!
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