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Have your students practice identifying genres. Three worksheets are included. Students will read ten book titles and descriptions and then infer the book's genre. This is part of a genre craftivity, but many teachers tell me that they only use the three worksheets! This is perfect for students in second and third grade.
This author's purpose assessment features five types of author's purpose: persuade, inform, entertain, explain, and describe. The first section features matching items, while the second section requires a short-answer response. In the final section, students read a short passage and answer the multiple-choice question that follows. This assessment, made for fourth and fifth grade students, is rigorous and engaging! If you want, you can also use them as worksheets.
Teach your students to write a strong summary of a nonfiction text by using this engaging PowerPoint. Students are taught a formula for writing the main idea sentence. Then, they choose three important supporting details to complete the summary. Students read five nonfiction passages and write a nonfiction summary for each. Printable and digital companion handouts are included!
Teaching students to use the "Somebody Wanted But So Then" strategy to write a summary requires many practice opportunities! This packet of worksheets features SIX fiction passages. After reading each story, students write a short summary. These passages are perfect for teachers who want to do a scaffolded approach like "I Do, We Do, You Do".
Teach your students to determine the author's purpose for writing a passage with this set of worksheets. Identifying the author's purpose can be a challenging skill for students to master. Students need lots of practice to become proficient in this area. These no-prep worksheets are ready to go! The packet includes ten engaging sports passages! Students are asked to write in complete sentences and to fully explain the author's purpose. Includes persuade, entertain, inform, explain, and describe.
Use this PowerPoint to introduce students how to identify the author's point of view and differing perpectives. It includes a companion handout that is available as a printable or digital activity. Students begin by identifying differing perspectives between characters. Then, they advance to reading a passage and inferring an author's point of view. This PowerPoint activity contains 9 practice passages and is ideal for test prep.
Teaching students to identify nonfiction text structures can be challenging, but graphic organizers help a ton! This resource contains ten worksheets. The first five worksheets are perfect for guided practice. The text structure is provided, and students fill out the graphic organizer associated with that text structure. For the final five worksheets, students read the passage and identify the text structure. Then, they draw and fill out their own graphic organizer to prove their answer.
Introduce your students to plot elements with this student-friendly PowerPoint. It begins by introducing students to each part of a plot diagram: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. It concludes with practice slides and three original fiction passages. After reading each story, students use a plot diagram to identify the five plot elements.
Teach your students to make inferences with this student-friendly PowerPoint. It begins by teaching students how text clues and their personal schema are used to make inferences while reading. It includes practice slides, four fiction reading passages, and two nonfiction reading passages. This inferencing PowerPoint includes test prep elements. After reading each passage, students infer and answer the multiple-choice inference question that follows.
Teach students to identify the main idea and supporting details within a reading passage. Identifying the main idea is a difficult skill for students to master, so it is helpful to practice identifying the main idea regularly. Each worksheet focuses on a particular month or season. This resource provides you with a main idea activity when each new month arrives. Spiral back to main idea 11 times during the school year! With multiple-choice questions, these worksheets are ideal for test prep!
Teach your students how to identify the author's purpose for writing with this PowerPoint. This includes the more advanced version of teaching author's purpose... the PIE'ED version with test prep! (persuade, inform, entertain, explain, and describe) The students are taught to go beyond one-word answers. This engaging PowerPoint includes 10 passages and 5 test prep passages with multiple choice questions.
Assess your students' understanding of the various genres by using this genre assessment. It contains fill-in-the blank, multiple-choice, and long-response questions. Although originally designed to be an assessment, these 4 pages can also be used as worksheets. This no-prep activity is ready to go for you. Just print and proceed! A Google Slides link is included for teachers who want to use the colorful digital version of this activity.
Teach elementary students to write strong topic sentences and matching conclusion sentences with this expository writing PowerPoint bundle. It features a topic sentences PowerPoint, a conclusion sentences PowerPoint, a worksheet packet for independent practice, and four days of lesson plans.
Utilizing text features is a critical skill for readers who are reading and comprehending nonfiction text. Use this text features PowerPoint to introduce students to 21 common nonfiction text features, and to teach students how each text feature can assist a reader with locating information and overall comprehension. Finally, have students apply what they have learned with 24 multiple-choice practice slides.
Being able to identify and use text features is essential to reading and comprehending informational texts. Have your students show what they know with this nonfiction text feature assessment. It consists of four pages, and it can also be used as a worksheet packet. This nonfiction text feature resource contains 22 multiple-choice questions. Some questions require students to identify the text feature, while others require that students use the text feature. Just print and go!
Teach your students to find text evidence with this color-coding activity! Students read two passages and then answer the five comprehension questions that follow. They color the dot dude beside each question, and then they return to the passage and use the same color to underline the text that supports their answer. This text evidence practice packet includes one fiction passage and one nonfiction passage. This engaging activity makes finding text evidence fun!
This nonfiction text structures resource includes graphic organizers to help your students recognize text structures. This PowerPoint features five informational passages about soccer to introduce the five text structures. It ends with five passages about bubble gum followed by multiple-choice questions.
Have your students practice identifying text structures with this set of four worksheets. Students will read 20 short nonfiction passages and identify the text structure. This is part of a nonfiction text structures craftivity, but many teachers tell me that they only use the worksheets! Each worksheet features a unique topic.
Practice making inferences! This comprehension resource contains SIX reading passages that require students to infer in order to answer the questions that follow. Most of the questions are written using a multiple-choice format, but some of the questions require short written answers. Two passages are longer while four passages are shorter. These no-prep inferencing worksheets are perfect for students in third, fourth, or fifth grade.
Teaching students to use context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word is a critical reading skill. Use this context clues PowerPoint to introduce students to the five types of context clues. Finally, have students apply what they have learned with 24 practice slides. The types of context clues featured include synonyms, antonyms, definition, inference, and examples.
Teach your students about informational text structures with this PowerPoint. Five nonfiction text structures are covered in this lesson: description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. This PowerPoint features signal words and graphic organizers for each text structure. It includes many practice paragraphs and a companion handout, as well!
The ability to read passages and cite text evidence to justify an answer is an important skill. These worksheets provide an opportunity to practice this skill. It contains three fiction and two nonfiction passages. Each reading passage is followed by 4 to 6 comprehension questions. Students select an answer and write a sentence to justify it, citing text evidence. This resource is ideal for test prep. It contains a poster with 10 text evidence sentence starters.
This figurative language assessment features similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, hyperboles, idioms, and onomatopoeias. Students match terms and definitions in the first section. Next, students identify figurative language elements within sentences. In the final section, students read a short passage and identify the literary devices within the passage. This assessment is rigorous, yet engaging!
Cause-and-effect relationships can be tricky for students. This packet consists of four worksheets, a craftivity, and a teaching poster! On two worksheets, students identify causes and effects within sentences. On two other worksheets, students read short passages and identify a cause-and-effect relationship within each passage. This is part of a cause and effect craftivity, but many teachers tell me that they only use the worksheets!
Writing a summary can be challenging for upper elementary students. Use the "somebody wanted but so then" summarizing strategy to teach this important reading and writing skill. This step-by-step summarizing fiction PowerPoint includes six practice opportunities and lots of summarizing tips.