This is an all-in-one "Common Core Ready" resource that will walk students through a close reading of a simple narrative text (included) and takes them, step-by-step, through a process that culminates in responding to a writing prompt. It is designed to be read collaboratively with the questions answered both verbally and in writing.
This resource includes the text (adapted to include more dialog and detail than the typical version does) as well as text-dependent questions and the necessary response frames to assist students.
Although it is aimed at grades 5-7, it is a very effective introductory learning experience that can be used with older students as well to give students the chance to apply skills and concepts to an "easier" text before diving into more complex texts.
Ultimately it is designed to help prepare students to respond to common core writing tasks on their own. The response frames will help students who need additional language development and academic language scaffolding.