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Reading-Response Skill Sheets and Contracts
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Table of Contents

What’s Inside..................................... 3

Literary Elements Biography


Character..............................................4 Asking questions................................59
Plot.....................................................10 Cause and effect................................60
Point of view.......................................18 Compare and contrast........................61
Setting................................................19 Identifying important details................62
Theme................................................24 Making connections............................63
Sequencing.........................................64
Fiction Summarizing.......................................65
Activating prior knowledge..................27 Contracts............................................66
Asking questions................................28
Cause and effect................................29 Informational Text
Compare and contrast........................31 Activating prior knowledge..................70
Drawing conclusions...........................32 Asking questions................................71
Evaluating reality and fantasy.............34 Cause and effect................................72
Forming opinions................................35 Compare and contrast........................73
Identifying important details................36 Drawing conclusions...........................74
Main idea and supporting details . .....37 Fact and opinion.................................75
Making and confirming predictions.....39 Identifying important details................76
Making connections............................40 Main idea and supporting details........77
Making inferences..............................42 Making and confirming predictions.....79
Sequencing.........................................43 Making connections............................80
Summarizing.......................................45 Sequencing.........................................82
Visualizing..........................................47 Summarizing.......................................83
Vocabulary..........................................48 Supporting ideas with text evidence...85
Contracts............................................49 Vocabulary..........................................86
Contracts............................................87

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Name Literary Elements
Date Character

Title: ______________________________________________________
Author: ____________________________________________________
Character: __________________________________________________

List details about the character


A Loopy
in each loop. Lasso
Thinks Acts

Looks

Feels

Likes

What is your favorite thing about this character?


_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________

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Name Literary Elements
Date Character

Title: _____________________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________________
An Up-Close
Character: _________________________________________________ Comparison
Write four ways the character is like you.
Write four ways the character is not like you.

Ways This Character Is Like Me Ways This Character Is Not Like Me


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Name Literary Elements
Date Character

Title: _____________________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________________
Character: _________________________________________ ________

Think about the character’s feelings during


the story.
Write a feeling from the word bank on
Gotta Have
each line.
Tell why the character shows this feeling.
Heart!

___________________ ___________________ ___________________

___________________ ___________________

Word Bank
confident happy playful surprised
loving curious hopeful determined
angry disappointed confused alone
bored afraid hurt sad

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Name Literary Elements
Date Character

Title: _____________________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________________
Character: __________________________________________________

Think about the character’s The Good and


behavior traits.
Complete the chart. the Bad
Does this make
Page
Trait Example of this trait the character a Why or why not?
number
good role model?


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Name Literary Elements
Date Character

Title: _____________________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________________
Character: _______________________________
___________________

Complete the chart.


Look at These
Changes!
At the beginning of the story At the end of the story

This character
thinks…

This character
feels…

This character
acts…

Why does this character change?


________________________________________________
________________________________________________
________________________________________________
________________________________________________
________________________________________________
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Name Literary Elements
Date Character

Title: _____________________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________________ Help
Character: __________________________________________________ Wanted
Answer the questions. Write a letter to an employer. Tell why this character
should be hired.
What strengths does this character have?
______________________________________________ ___________________
______________________________________________ ___________________
What talents does this character have? ________________________________________
______________________________________________ __________________________________________
______________________________________________ __________________________________________
What does this character like to do? __________________________________________
______________________________________________ __________________________________________
______________________________________________ __________________________________________
What type of job should this __________________________________________
character do? _____________________ __________________________________________

_________________________________ ___________________

_________________________________ ___________________


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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write a different story event in


each link.
Chain of Events
Write the events in order.
Include events from the 1
beginning, middle, and end.

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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
In the End
Answer the questions.

Who is the main character?


What happens to the main character at the
end of the book?

What happens to the main character at the


beginning of the book?
Do you like the end of the book? _________
Explain.

What happens to the main character in the


middle of the book?

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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Moving Along
Complete the chart. Beginning Middle End
List the characters. How do the characters try How is the problem
to solve the problem? solved?

Describe the setting.

Describe the problem.

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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Complete the chart.


Problem Solving
The Main Character’s The Main Character’s
Problem Solution

______________________________ ______________________________

______________________________ ______________________________

______________________________ ______________________________

______________________________ ______________________________

______________________________ ______________________________

Tell three things that happen before the problem is solved.

1. ______________________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________

2. ______________________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________

3. ______________________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Answer the questions.


Keeping the
Boat Afloat

Who is the main character?

What is the main character’s problem?

How does the main character solve the problem?

Would you solve the problem the same way? _______ Explain.

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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Answer the questions. Wishing for


a Change
What is the turning point of the story?

The turning point is the


event that leads to the How does the story end?
story’s solution.

How could the turning point have been different?


Could the main character have done something
differently?

How might the story have ended if the turning point were different?

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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Complete the chart.


What Will
Happen Now?
Write the main character’s name.

How does the main character solve the problem?

Choose a new problem for the character to solve.


Circle a problem below or write one of your own.
• forgetting something
• being scared
• losing something
• having to do something he or she doesn’t want to do

How will the main character solve the


new problem?

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Name Literary Elements
Date Plot

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

In each box, write one problem the


main character faces. Then write
the solution.
You Be the
Rate the solution. Use the code. Critic
To explain your rating, write a review
of the solution.

Problem: Problem:

Solution: Solution:

Rating: Rating:
Review: Review:

Rating Code
* = Not the best solution
** = Good solution
*** = Great solution! I
learned from it.

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Name Literary Elements
Date Point of view

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Color the box in the matching column. “Whoooo”


Then follow the directions in the colored
boxes. Knows?
Yes No
Is the narrator a character in
Color the Color the
the story?
eyes brown. eyes yellow.

Draw Draw
Does the narrator know how
eyelashes eyebrows
the other characters feel?
on the owl. on the owl.

Color
Does the narrator tell how he Color the
the beak
or she feels? beak black.
orange.

Draw
Draw round
Does the narrator know what square
glasses on
other characters are thinking? glasses on
the owl.
the owl.

What if the story were told from a different point of view? How would it change?
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

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Name Literary Elements
Date Setting

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Picture It!
Think about the story’s setting.
Answer the questions.

What do the characters see? What do the characters smell and


taste?

What do the characters What do the characters


hear? feel?

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Name Literary Elements
Date Setting

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

You are traveling to the story’s setting.


In the suitcase, list ten things you will pack.
Pack
Your Bags!

Write a postcard to a friend.


Tell about the things you see while you’re visiting the story’s setting.

_____________________,
_______________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
To: __________________
____________________________________
__________________
____________________________________
__________________
____________________________________
___________________,
____________________

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Name Literary Elements
Date Setting

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Answer the questions.


That Sounds
How would you describe the setting? Familiar

What place does the setting remind you of?

How does it remind you of this place?

Would you like to visit the setting?


Explain.

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Name Literary Elements
Date Setting

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Check the box next to the time that matches the story’s
setting.
Write two story events that support your choice.
Time Will
Tell

12:00
Future

Present

Past

In each of the other two boxes, tell how the story would be different if the setting
were changed to that time.
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Name Literary Elements
Date Setting

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ No Place Like
Home!
Complete the diagram.

When and Where The Story’s


I Live Both Setting

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Name Literary Elements
Date Theme

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Circle the theme or themes that match the story.


Write three examples from the story that support
your choices.
Sewing
Up Story
The theme is a main idea or lesson that is Themes
learned from the story.

Story Themes
teamwork honesty change commitment fairness
friendship love good against evil loss survival
freedom faith communication relationships adventure
choices hope money loyalty other: ________
nature heroes memories justice
Example:

Example:

Example:

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Name Literary Elements
Date Theme

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Lesson Learned
Answer the questions. Complete the chart.
What is the theme of the story? ____________________________________________________________________
What other story has a similar theme? ______________________________________________________________
_____
How are the two stories alike? How are they different?

How will you use what you’ve learned from these two stories? ____________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Name Literary Elements
Date Theme

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write the story’s theme on the syrup pitcher.


On each pancake, write an idea from the story
A Pile of
that shows how this is the theme. Pancakes

Theme:

Idea 1:

Idea 2:

Idea 3:

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Name Literary Elements
Date Activating prior knowledge

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Follow the directions. An Eager


Reader

Look at the pictures and the title. What do you already know about the story?
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

What questions do you have about the story?


_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

List words you might see in this Draw a picture of something


story. that may happen in this story.
____________ ____________
____________ ____________
____________ ____________
____________ ____________
____________ ____________
____________ ____________
____________ ____________

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Name Literary Elements
Date Asking questions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Read the statements.


Complete the page as you read
the story.
A Reading
Machine

I _____________ understand what I’m reading.


do, don’t
What would you like to know more about? Write a question.

________________________________________________

I _____________ imagine what the setting looks like.


can, can’t
Write a question about the setting.
________________________________________________

I _____________ like the characters.


do, don’t
Write a question about a character.
________________________________________________

Write other questions about the story.


________________________________________________
________________________________________________
________________________________________________
________________________________________________

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Name Fiction
Date Cause and effect

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write a story detail on each key. Start With


Write its effect on the matching car.
a Key
Cause
Effect

Cause
Effect

Cause
Effect

Cause
Effect

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Name Fiction
Date Cause and effect

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ An Eventful Path
Complete the sentences in order.
This causes
is
st a rt in g event
The

is
ory event
Another st
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The effect of th

This causes

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Name Fiction
Date Compare and contrast

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Fruity Fun
Write a different character’s name in each box.
In each apple, write one way the characters are different.
In each banana, write one way the characters are alike.

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Name Fiction
Date Drawing conclusions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Read the incomplete sentences. Putting It


Complete the sentences as you read the story
Together
On page ____, I read _______________________________________________
_________________. I already know ___________________________________
_________________. This makes me think ______________________________
_________________________________________________________________.

On page ____, I read _______________________________________________


_________________. I already know ___________________________________
_________________. This makes me think ______________________________
_________________________________________________________________.

On page ____, I read _____________________________


________________________________________________.
I already know ___________________________________
___________________________________________.
This makes me think ______________________________
_________________________________________________________________.

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Name Fiction
Date Drawing conclusions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Read the incomplete sentences.


Complete the sentences as you read the story. Playing
Leapfrog
On page ____,
I read _____________________
______________________________.
This makes me think
______________________________
______________________

On page ____,
I read _____________________
______________________________.
This makes me think
______________________________
______________________
On page ____,
I read _____________________
______________________________.
This makes me think
______________________________
______________________

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Name Fiction
Date Evaluating reality and fantasy

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Color the word that describes the story.


List three events or details that support your choice.
Believe It
or Not!

1. ___________________________
Reality Fantasy
___________________________

___________________________

2. ___________________________

___________________________

___________________________

3. ___________________________

___________________________

___________________________

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Name Fiction
Date Forming opinions

Title: _____________________________________________ 01
20
Author: ___________________________________________

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Color the coin beside each sentence you agree with.


LIB

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For each sentence, explain your opinion.
E
IN G O D W

A Penny for Your Thoughts


The main character made smart choices.

I would tell a friend to read this story.

This story is exciting.

I would like to meet the main character.

This is the best story I have ever read.

I think I would enjoy other stories by this author.

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Name Fiction
Date Identifying important details

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Write one detail from the story in each


speech bubble.
Something
Remember to write only the most to Talk
important details.
About

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Name Fiction
Date Main idea and supporting details

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Think about the main idea of the story.


Write a new title for the story. What’s in a
Write three details from the story that explain
why this would be a good title.
Name?

New Title

Detail: __________________________________
___________________________________________
___________________________________________

Detail: __________________________________
___________________________________________
___________________________________________

Detail: __________________________________
___________________________________________
___________________________________________

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Name Fiction
Date Main idea and supporting details

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write the story’s main idea on


the banner. Sky High!
Main Idea

On each cloud, write a detail that supports the main idea.

Detail
Detail

Detail
Detail

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Name Fiction
Date Making and confirming predictions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Before reading the story, look at the


title and the pictures.
Write five predictions about what might
Cherry
happen in the story. Season

1. __________________________

_______________________________

2. _____________________________________

_____________________________________

3. _____________________________________

_____________________________________

4. _____________________________________

_____________________________________

5. ____________________________________

___________________________________

After reading the story, color the cherries next to each correct prediction.

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Name Fiction
Date Making connections

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Answer the questions.


Cover to Cover
What other character Explain.
or story does this story
____________________
remind you of?
____________________
___________________
____________________
___________________
____________________
____________________
____________________
____________________

How is this story different


from other stories you ____________________
read or heard? ____________________
___________________ ____________________
___________________ ____________________
___________________ ____________________
___________________ ____________________
___________________ ____________________
___________________ ____________________
___________________

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Name Fiction
Date Making connections

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

A Rippling Reflection
Complete each sentence.
Then answer each question.

The main character wants ______________________


___________________________________________.
Have you ever had a problem like this? ____________
Explain.

One of the characters feels ______________________


____________________________________________.
Have you ever felt this way? _____________________
Explain.

This story takes place in ________________________


____________________________________________.
Have you ever been to a place like this? ____________
Explain.

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Name Fiction
Date Making inferences

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Draw an event from the story.


Then draw the event that comes next.
What’s
Missing?
First Next

What might have Between


happened between
the two events?
Draw a picture.

Explain your answer. __________________________________________________


___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
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Name Fiction
Date Sequencing

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Write a different story event in each box.


Then write a number in each banana to show
the order in which the events happen.
Top Banana

Your favorite event:


___________________________________________
___________________________________________

Your least favorite event:


___________________________________________
___________________________________________

The funniest event:


___________________________________________
___________________________________________

The most exciting event:


____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________

An important event:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________

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Name Fiction
Date Sequencing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Step by Step
Write the five most important events from the story in the
order they happen.

First, ___________________________________
_________________________________________

Next, ___________________________________________
_________________________________________________

Then __________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________

After that, __________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________

Finally, ______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
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Name Fiction
Date Summarizing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ What a Sweet
Answer the questions. Story!
Then write a summary.

How is the
Who is the main
What is the problem solved?
character?
problem?

Summary:

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Name Fiction
Date Summarizing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Answer the questions. Out of This


In the center of the star, write
a summary of the story.
1. When
does the World
story
happen?

2. Who is the story 3. Where does the


about? story take place?

4. What problem do 5. How is the problem


the characters solved?
face?

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Name Fiction
Date Visualizing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Draw a picture of your favorite Picture


part of the story.
Perfect!

Write words or phrases from the story that


helped you imagine what you drew.
__________________________________________________
__________________________________________________
__________________________________________________
__________________________________________________

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Name Fiction
Date Vocabulary

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

In each box, write one unfamiliar word from the


story and its page number.
Digging
Then copy the sentence that contains the word. Deeper
page number: _____ word: ________________________________________
sentence: _______________________________________________________
definition: ______________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

page number: _____ word: ________________________________________


sentence: _______________________________________________________
definition: ______________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

page number: _____ word: ________________________________________


sentence: _______________________________________________________
definition: ______________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Write the definition of each word.


Use a dictionary to help you.

On the back of this page, write each word


from above in a different sentence.

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading.


Attach your written answers to this paper. The End?
1. Did the main 2. Have you ever had
character make any a problem like the
choices you would one in the story?
not have made? Tell Explain.
why or why not.

3. If the story took place 4. If the story


where you live, how continued, what
would it change? might happen next?

5. Do you think the title 6. List events that


tells what this story might not happen in
is about? Tell why or real life.
why not.

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading. Step Right


Attach your written answers to this paper.
Up and Read!
1. Could the problem 2. If the author wrote
have been avoided? another book about
Explain why or why these characters,
not. would you read it?
Why or why not?

3. What do you think 4. Before you read this


the main character story, what did you
looks like? Write think it would be
and draw a picture. about? Why?

5. How are you like 6. Which event


the main character? surprised you the
How are you not like most? Why?
the main character?

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading.


Attach your written answers to this paper. A Snack
1. If you were having 2. What is the and a
a party, which main character’s
character would you problem? How does Story
most like to invite? the character solve
Why? the problem?

3. What would you tell 4. How would the story


a friend who asks change if the main
you what the story is character were
Karl
about? much younger or aroo’s
Kang
much older? Day

5. After reading the 6. Does this story


story, how do you remind you of any
feel about the other stories you
story’s ending? have read? Why or
why not?

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading. Reaching


Attach your written answers to this paper.
New Heights
1. Are the pictures 2. List five or more
important to the interesting words
story? Why or why from the story.
not? Explain each word.

3. How much time 4. Which character


passes from the changes the most?
beginning of the Explain.
story to the end?
How do you know?

5. After reading the 6. Why do you think


story, what do you the author wrote the
still wonder about? book?

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading. Exploring


Attach your written answers to this paper.
New Places
1. Would you want to 2. How do the other
live in the setting? characters feel
Why or why not? about the main
character? How do
you know?

3. Is the season 4. What do you think is


important to the the best part of the
story? Explain. story?

5. Who tells the story? 6. Which picture is


How would it be your favorite? Why?
different if another
character told the
story?

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: ___________________________________________
Author: ________________________________________
Getting
Check _____ tasks to complete about your reading.
Attach your completed work to this paper.
Cozy

1. Pretend that you 2. List things that 3. Make a postcard.


will meet one of the changed from the On one side, write
characters. Write five beginning to the end a letter from one of
questions you will of the story. the characters telling
ask. what it’s like where
he lives. On the other
side, draw a picture
of the story’s setting.

4. Tell whether this 5. Describe the main 6. Draw a timeline.


story is real or character’s problem. Label five main story
fantasy. Write five What caused the events in the order
details or events that problem? that they happened.
support your choice.

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Any Way You
Slice It
Check _____ tasks to complete about your reading.
Attach your completed work to this paper.

1. List each character’s 2. Describe the story’s 3. Fold a sheet of paper


name. Next to each problem. Tell two or in half. Draw your
name, write three more ways you could home on one half and
or more adjectives solve the problem. draw the story’s setting
to describe the on the other. Then
character. write to tell how they
are alike and different.
Cow
Pirates
at Sea

4. What would you write 5. Write a review of 6. Make three columns


if the author asked the story. Tell what and label them
you to add another happens in the story. “realistic,” “unlikely,”
chapter to the story? Then explain why and “impossible.”
you did or did not like Write six story events
the story. on the chart.

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Note to the teacher: Program the student directions with the number of tasks to be completed.
Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________ Blast


Author: ___________________________________________
Off!
Check _____ tasks to complete about your reading.
Attach your completed work to this paper.

1. Copy a quote 2. Pretend you are 3. Fold a sheet


from your favorite in the story. Write of paper into
character. Tell who three ways you fourths. Unfold the
the character is would help the paper and write
speaking to. Then main character. a different story
explain what is event in each box.
happening when Number each box
the character is to show the order
talking. of events.

4. Write a summary 5. Write a letter 6. Draw a picture


of the story on to one of the of an important
an index card. characters. Tell object from the
To be sure your the character how story. Explain
summary will fit, you feel about the why the object is
tell only the main story. important.
parts of the story.

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Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________ Practice Makes
Perfect
Check _____ tasks to complete about your reading.
Attach your completed work to this paper.

1. Draw a Venn 2. List ten words to 3. Make a reward


diagram. Use it describe the main poster about an
to compare and character. Circle object from the story.
contrast two the words that also Draw a picture of the
characters. describe you. object. Then write
details about it.

4. What will the main 5. Write three questions 6. Find five words in
character be doing about the story. the story that are
in 20 years? Draw Begin each question new to you. Find the
a picture of the with the word why. meaning of each
occer character in the Write the answer to word in a dictionary.
Super S e
Surpris future. Then write each question. Use each word in a
about your picture. sentence.

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Note to the teacher: Program the student directions with the number of tasks to be completed.
58
Name Fiction
Date Contract

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Catch a Wave
Check ______ tasks to complete about your reading.
Attach your completed work to this paper.

1. Pretend you are 2. Fold a paper to make 3. Write the name of The
Beachcomber
one of the story’s three equal columns. one character from
characters. Write a Label the columns this story and one
journal entry about “beginning,” “middle,” from another story
one day in the story. and “end.” Draw a you’ve read. Tell how
picture in each column. the two are alike and
different.

4. Write a letter to 5. Write five or more 6. Pretend you are a r k!


Sh a
the author. Tell the words to describe the news reporter. Write
author what you like setting. Tell whether a report about the
about the story. Then you would want to story.
tell what you would live in the setting.
add to the story. Explain why or why
not.

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Name Biography
Date Asking questions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Who is the text about? ______________________________

Follow the directions. Just Curious!


Before Reading Write three questions you have
about this person.
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

During Reading Write three questions you have about


this person as you are reading.
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

After Reading Write three questions you still have


about this person.
__________________________________________
__________________________________________ Go Back!
Reread the story.
__________________________________________ Put a check next
__________________________________________ to each question
that is answered
__________________________________________ in the story.
__________________________________________

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Name Biography
Date Cause and effect

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Who is the text about? ______________________________

Complete each sentence. Rainy Days


Help Things
Grow

If _______________ If _______________

__________________________, __________________________,

then __________________________ then __________________________


______________________________ ______________________________

If _______________ If _______________
__________________________, __________________________,

then __________________________ then __________________________


______________________________ ______________________________

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Name Biography
Date Compare and contrast

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Who is the text about? ______________________________

Think of a person who reminds Two Peas in


you of the subject.
Complete the chart. a Pod

Biography Subject Other Person

Early Life

Kind of
Person

Successes

Write two or more sentences that tell how the two people are the same. Write two or
more sentences that tell how they are different.
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
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Name Biography
Date Identifying important details

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Who is the text about?_______________________________

Write two or more details in


each box. Taking Notes

Early Years Skills or Talents

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

Problems Successes

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

____________________ ____________________

Read the details you wrote.


Circle the most important detail in each box.
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Name Biography
Date Making connections

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Who is the text about?_______________________________
Choose one prompt and copy it on the
lines below.
Write. One Thinking
Reader

Prompts
• I can relate to the subject because…

• This event reminds me of…

• My life is like the subject’s because…

• Part of this story feels like it could take


place now because…

• I had the same feelings as the subject


when…

___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________

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Name Biography
Date Sequencing

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________
Who is the text about?________________________________

Write five important events in the person’s life. On the


Write the events in the order they happened.
Move
1
S
t
a
r
t

2
3
4

5 F
i
n
i
s
h

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Name Biography
Date Summarizing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________
Who is the text about?_______________________________

Answer the questions.


Boil It Down

1. Why do you think the author 2. What did the subject do to


wrote a story about this become well-known?
subject?

3. When did the subject 4. How did other people’s


become well-known? lives change because of the
subject?

Use your answers to write a summary of the story.

________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

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Name Biography
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________
Who is the text about? _______________________________

Check ____ questions to answer about this person. Very


Attach your written answers to this paper.
Impressive!
1. Why is this person 2. Name one person
well-known? who is important to
the subject. Explain.

3. How did this person 4. List five words that


change other describe this person.
people’s lives? Give your reason for
choosing each word.

5. Should this person 6. How did this person


be honored by treat others? How do
others? Why or why you know?
not?

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Readdirections with the
and Respond number
• ©The of questions
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Books •toTEC61244
be completed.
Name Biography
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________
Who is the text about? _______________________________

Check ____ questions to answer about this person.


Attach your written answers to this paper. Reading
1. Do you think this 2. What is most
About
person is a hero?
Why or why not?
important to this
person? How do you
Role
know? Models

3. What two lessons 4. How is your


can you learn from childhood like this
this person’s life? person’s? How is it
different? Explain.

5. What is one thing 6. What are two


you like about this important choices
person? Why? this person made
growing up? How did
each choice change
this person’s life?

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Name Biography
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________
Who is the text about? _______________________________

Check ____ tasks to complete about this person. Getting the


Attach your completed work to this paper. Picture

1. Draw and label an 2. Choose four events 3. List three people the
important setting from from this person’s life. subject valued. Explain
this person’s life. Draw the events in the each choice.
order they happened.

4. Label a Venn diagram 5. Write five reasons why 6. Make a collage of


“Before Becoming this person became pictures that show
Famous” and “After famous. Underline the people, places, and
Becoming Famous.” reason you think is things that were
Complete the diagram most important. meaningful to this
to show how this person.
person was before and
after becoming famous.

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Name Biography
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________
Who is the text about? _______________________________

Check ____ tasks to complete about this person. Late-Night


Attach your completed work to this paper.
Reading

1. Make a timeline 2. Imagine you meet 3. List one or more


showing five or more this person. Write a people who inspired
main events from this journal entry about this person. Explain
person’s life. your meeting. each choice.

4. Make a Venn diagram 5. List ten facts people 6. Think about one
to show how you and should know about thing you like about
this person are alike this person. this person. Make a
and different. poster showing your
choice.

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Name Informational Text
Date Activating prior knowledge

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write the topic. Piecing It


Complete each sentence.
Together
It looks like… It can…

Topic:
Topic

It reminds me of…
It belongs…

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Name Informational Text
Date Asking questions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Before you read, look at the title. Then


look at the pictures.
Searching for
Use each sentence starter below to write Knowledge
a question about what you will read.

1. Why _______________________ 4. How _______________________


___________________________ ___________________________
___________________________ ___________________________
__________________________? __________________________?

2. What _______________________ 5. When _____


__________________
___________________________ ___________________________
___________________________ ___________________________
__________________________? __________________________?

3. Where ______________________
___________________________
___________________________
__________________________?

On another sheet of paper, write the answer to each question.


If you do not find the answer in the text, circle the question.
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Name Informational Text
Date Cause and effect

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write an event on each rocket.


Write its effect on the matching moon.
To the Moon
Effect
Cause

Effect
Cause

Cause Effect

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Name Informational Text
Date Compare and contrast

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Choose two items from the text.


Label the columns. Mining for
In each column, write three or more details
to tell how the items are alike or different. Details

__________________ __________________
item one item two

Alike Different

_____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________

_____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________

_____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________

_____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________

_____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Drawing conclusions

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write facts from the text in the


“Fact” column.
Find the Proof
Then complete each sentence
in the “Conclusion” column.

Fact Conclusion

__________________________ This makes me think _________


__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________

__________________________ This makes me think _________


__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________

__________________________ This makes me think _________


__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________

__________________________ This makes me think _________


__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Fact and opinion

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write the topic.


Draw a picture.
Next to each 3, write a fact about What’s the
the topic.
Next to each x, write an opinion
Difference?
about the topic.

Topic: ____________________________________

3 _________________________________________________________________
x _________________________________________________________________

3 _________________________________________________________________
x _________________________________________________________________

3 _________________________________________________________________
x _________________________________________________________________
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Name Informational Text
Date Identifying important details

Title: ____________________________________________ I’ve Got


Author: __________________________________________
It!
Write three important details about the topic.
Draw a picture for each detail.

______________________________________
______________________________________

______________________________________
______________________________________

______________________________________
______________________________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Main idea and supporting details

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Choose a main idea from the text. To the Top!


Write three details that support it.

Main Idea

Detail

Detail

Detail

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Name Informational Text
Date Main idea and supporting details

Title: ______________________________________________
Author: ____________________________________________
Out of This
Topic
Write the topic.
World
As you read, write one main idea in
each box.
Below each main idea, write three
supporting details.

Main Idea Main Idea

Supporting details: Supporting details:

1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
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Name Informational Text
Date Making and confirming predictions

Title: ______________________________________________
Author: ____________________________________________
A Patch of
Before you read, look at the text.
Predictions
Make five predictions. Write one on each watermelon.

After you read, reread your predictions.


If your prediction is correct, color the watermelon green.
If your prediction needs to be revised, color the watermelon yellow.

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Name Informational Text
Date Making connections

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

How does the topic remind you of the world


around you? Window to
How is it different from the world around you?
Write and draw your answers. the World
Topic _______________________________________

This topic reminds me of…

because _______________________
______________________________
______________________________
______________________________

But it’s different from…

because _______________________
______________________________
______________________________
______________________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Making connections

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Complete each sentence with a fact from


the text.
“Ssssearching”
Tell how each fact makes you feel. for Ideas
I read _______________________________________________________
_____________________________________________. This surprises me
because _____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________.

I read ________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________. This makes me
curious about _________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________.

I read ________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________. This interests me
because _____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________.

I read ________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________. This worries me
because _____________________________________________________
_________________________________________________.

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Name Informational Text
Date Sequencing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

List five events from your reading. One at a


Time
1. _________________________________________
2. ______________________________________
3. _______________________________________
4. _______________________________________
5. ________________________________________

Look at the events above.


Write them in the order in which they happened. Word
Use the words from the word bank. Bank
First
_____________________________________________
Next
_____________________________________________ Then
_____________________________________________ After
Later
_____________________________________________
Finally
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Summarizing

Title: ____________________________________________
Author: __________________________________________

Write a letter to your teacher. Wild About


Tell some of the important ideas you learned
about the topic. Reading
Dear _________________________,
I just read about ________________________________
_____
____________________________________________________.
I learned ___________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
_________________________________________________
________________________________________________
______________________________________________
_____________________________________________
____________________________________________
__________________________________________
_________________________________________
________________________________________
Your student,
_________________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Summarizing

Title: ______________________________________________ Here’s the


Author: ____________________________________________
Scoop
Answer the questions.
Use your answers to write a summary
on the lines below. What is one interesting
What is the topic of detail about this topic? What is one detail
your reading? others might not know?

___________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________
_________________________________
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Name Informational Text
Date Supporting ideas with text evidence

Title: ______________________________________________ Fishing for


Author: ____________________________________________
Facts
Write four words that describe the topic.
Write information from the text to support each word.
Topic: _____________________________________

Describing Word Page Number Text Information

_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

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Name Informational Text
Date Vocabulary

Title: ______________________________________________
Author: ____________________________________________ High-Flying Words
List five words from the text that interest you.
Complete the chart.

Interesting Words Best Way to Find the Meaning Meaning of the word
context clues
glossary
dictionary
context clues
glossary
dictionary
context clues
glossary
dictionary
context clues
glossary
dictionary
context clues
glossary
dictionary
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Name Informational Text
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading.


Attach your answers to this paper.
No
Monkey
1. What questions did
you have about this
2. What two questions
did you have that
Business
topic before reading were answered in
the text? this text? Write each
question and its
answer.

3. Do you think your 4. List five words


friends would be or phrases from
interested in reading the text that are
this text? Why? interesting to
you. Explain your
choices.

hes
Bunc
of s
ana
5. Why did the author 6. List five facts you Ban

write this text? How learned from this


do you know? text.

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Name Informational Text
Date Contract

Title: _____________________________________________
Author: ___________________________________________

Check ___ questions to answer about your reading. Hanging


Attach your answers to this paper.
Around
1. Which part of the text 2. How does the
is most interesting to author feel about
you? Explain. the topic? How do
you know?

3. What questions do 4. Write two ideas from


you still have about the text that are
the topic? most interesting to
you.

5. What topic does this 6. Did your opinion


topic remind you about the topic
of? How are the two change after you
topics alike? How read the text?
are they different? Explain.

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Attach your answers to this paper. At Your
1. If you could change 2. Do you think this
Service
one thing about the text is interesting?
text, what would it Why or why not?
be? Explain.

3. What is another title 4. How would you


you could give this describe the topic to
text? Why is it a a friend?
good title? How
to
Cook

5. What traits of the 6. Why is this an


topic do you like? important topic
What traits do you for people to read
dislike? about?

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Check Into It

SKU
NK
S!

1. Make a trading card 2. Write an acrostic 3. Explain why the


about your topic. On poem about the topic is an important
one side of an index topic. one.
card, draw a picture
of the topic. On the
other side, write three
facts about the topic.

4. Imagine you will 5. Draw pictures of the 6. Write a letter


interview the first things you heard, persuading a friend
person who learned felt, and saw in your to read the text.
about the topic. mind as you read
Write three or more the text.
questions you will
ask the person.

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Just
Check ___ tasks to complete about your reading.
Attach your work to this paper.
Hatched

Little
Dinosaurs

Your New Baby

Baby Dinosaurs

1. Does this topic 2. Make a glossary 3. Design a postage


remind you of a page for five or stamp to represent
story from your life? more important the topic. Draw and
Explain. words from your color the stamp.
text. Include
pictures.

4. Does the author 5. Draw a book cover 6. Write a letter to


give opinions about for the text you read. the author. Tell him
the topic? Explain. Write a new title on or her what you
the book’s cover. learned about the
topic.

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Attach your work to this paper.
Warm and
Cozy

Knittin
g

1. Choose one 2. Describe how the 3. If the topic could


paragraph from the topic makes a talk, what would
text and copy the first difference in the it say? Write a
sentence. List the world around you. conversation
most important words between you and
from the paragraph. the topic.

4. Make a T chart. 5. Imagine you will 6. Describe an award


On the chart, write meet a famous that could honor
five facts and five person who knows the topic. Draw the
opinions about the about the topic. trophy.
topic. Write two questions
you will ask.

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