Monday, February 12, 2018

Essential Question Stems Reading Comprehension

Blooms and DOK Leveled Essential Question Stems Reading Comprehension

  • Context Clues/Multiple Meaning Words
Reading Comprehension: Test Taking Strategies  

  • Look for Keywords in the introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph for the topic, main points, main ideas, and themes.
  • READ THE FIRST & LAST SENTENCE IN EACH PARAGRAPH, SEARCHING FOR CLUES THAT REVEAL THE MAIN IDEA! The topic and main point is almost always in the topic or concluding sentences.
  • Study tier 2 and tier 3 academic reading vocabulary in advanced of any summative reading assessment. 
  • Practice daily close reading strategies before you take any scored reading assessments.
  • Read the questions and look for clues to help determine what type of question you are answering. If no questions are given create your own essential question.
  • Read every passage, question, and topic and concluding sentence at least three times.
  • Use released EOG/EOC reading test to study test question types and frequency.
  • Have students use or create reading comprehension questions based on class reading assignment.
  • Practice using reading comprehension questions stems.
  • Socratic Seminars 

Categorized Reading Question Stems

PDF]Question Stems Thinking Within the Text Thinking Beyond the Text ...
Question Stems. Thinking Within the Text. ✓ What was the problem in the story? What did _____ do to solve the problem? ✓ What happened in the story? How did the story end? ✓ Explain what you learned in this book. What did you learn about ____? ✓ What were some important facts about ____ in this book?

[PDF]DOK Question Stems - Ohio Department of Education
DOK Question Stems. DOK 1. • Can you recall______? • When did ____ happen? • Who was ____? • How can you recognize____? • What is____? • How can you find the meaning of____? • Can you recall____? • Can you select____? • How would you write___? • What might you include on a list about___?

[PDF]Reading Continuum Questions
Guided Reading Goal Questions. Thinking within the Text. Retelling o What is this story mostly about? o What are some key details from the story? (2 to 3) o Who are some of the characters in the story? o What is the setting of the story? Thinking beyond the Text. Predicting o During Reading – How do you think the book will ...

[PDF]QAR Question Stems
QAR Question Stems. Right There. Think & Search. What did…. Who did… How many… What was… Who are…. When did… What does… What kind…. Who is… What is… Where is… Name…. List…. How do you… What happened to… How long did… What time did… What happened before… What happened after…

[PDF]Recognizing Question Stems - You Should Not Be Here
Steps to Answering a Supporting Detail Question. 1. Scan the passage for the word or idea that is presented in the question stem. Once you've found it in the text, read the surrounding sentences. 2. Choose the response that is the closest match to the text. 3. Distracters to watch out for: those that contradict ...

[PDF]First Grade Reading Literature Question Stems - Scholastic
Reading Literature Question Stems. Key Ideas & Details. Standard. Question Stem. RL.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. • Who are the characters this book? What do we know about them? • When did (event) happen? Where is that in the book? • Why did (event) happen? How do you know?

[PDF]Grade 3 Question Stem Bank: Common Core State ... - Kids at the Core
Grade 3 Question Stem Bank: Common Core State Standards. Reading Literature (RL) & Reading for Information (RI). Key Ideas and Details Question Stems: Standard. Basic: Remember & Understand. Standard: Apply & Analyze. Expanded: Evaluate & Create. RL 3.1. &. RI 3.1. Identify explicit information: What does the ...

[PDF]Grade 8 Question Stem Bank: Common Core State ... - Kids at the Core
Grade 8 Question Stem Bank: Common Core State Standards. Reading Literature (RL) & Reading for Information (RI). Key Ideas and Details Question Stems: Standard. Basic: Remember & Understand. Standard: Apply & Analyze. Expanded: Evaluate & Create. RL 8.1. &. RI 8.1. (cite specific evidence when possible).

[PDF]STAAR Reading Formatted Question Stems - Humble ISD
STAAR Formatted Reading Question Stems. AUTHOR'S CRAFT AND AUTHOR'S PURPOSE. All G e n re s. • What was the author's purpose for writing this article/story? • What is the most likely reason the author wrote this article/story? • You can tell that the author wrote this article/story to___? • What is the author's purpose ...

[PDF]6th Grade - Common Core Connect
Question Stems and Prompts: ✓ What is the author's message/purpose in this text? How do you know? ✓ After reading (that) ___what can you infer about ___? ✓ Cite the text to describe what the author says explicitly. ✓ Upon further analysis, what more can you conclude? ✓ When the author says ____, what inferences can ...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Essential Questions Fiction Reading and Understanding

What kinds of essential questions are you and your students asking when reading fiction? Story Interview Questions: Building deep reading comprehension by asking essential questions while reading and analyzing complex fictional writing. Using essential questions helps build enduring understanding and cogent literacy.


1. How do the characters interact with the settings?
Describe where the characters were when the plot became more complex, why do you believe the settings are important to the evolving plot, themes, mood, or tone of the story.

2. What major or minor conflicts, problems, troubles, or circumstances led the characters (protagonist and antagonist) into the climax? Suss out the plot elements of the story. Can you identify any plot holes?

3. What did the characters (protagonist and antagonist) do when their circumstance changed for better or worse. Suss out if there is a sudden change of fortune for the protagonist or antagonist!

[PDF]Essential Questions Handbook - BCPS
Arts. Genre-Based Explorations. Reading Fiction. 50. Reading Nonfiction. 53. Reading Poetry. 56 ... Such questions are called essential questions, and they are at the heart of every discipline. But what exactly are essential ...

[PDF]Reading and Understanding Fiction and Nonfiction
Good readers use the characteristics and organization of both fiction and nonfiction to help them read and understand any text. Unit Essential Questions. How do readers use the characteristics and organization of both fiction and nonfiction to help them read and understand any text? Major Concepts/Lesson ...

[PDF]Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings: Grade 6 Units of ...
1. Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings: Grade 6. Essential Questions. Enduring Understandings. Overarching Grade Level. Essential Questions ... enjoyment of fiction, poetry and drama? How is my understanding of a text deepened by my conversation with others? How do I know which. Capable learners are ...

[PDF]Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions for Language Arts
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions for Language Arts. WALLINGFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Draft 8/12/02. Enduring Understanding. Essential Questions. Appreciation. Reading expands understanding of the world, its people and oneself. • Why do people read? • What do people read? • What are the benefits ...

[PDF]Fiction: Short Stories Freshman English Level I Essential Questions ...
Fiction: Short Stories. Freshman English Level I. First Unit. 1. Essential Questions. • Can truth change? • Is conflict necessary? • How do we develop a sense of self? • How do we come to terms with an imperfect and contradictory society? • How do authors convey purpose and meaning in literature? • How does literature ...

[PDF]Essential Questions: Enduring Understandings: Characters with ...
Essential Questions: • What makes characters in historical fiction believable? • Why do characters do what they do and feel how they feel? • What are the details that make a story seem realistic? • Why can readers see their own life in some stories? • What can a reader learn from reading historical fiction ...

[PDF]Essential Questions: Enduring Understandings: Theme
Essential Questions: • What makes science fiction believable? • Does science fiction bring us to a greater understanding of what could be or make us fear the unknown? • Is it possible to have pure, unfiltered ideas or is everything based on a current reality? • Is there a ...

[PDF]Unit Essential Question
How do Before-During-After Reading Strategies improve reading comprehension? CC. – Read and comprehend literary fiction. CC. – Read and comprehend literary nonfiction and informational.

[PDF]Grade 10 Unit 1 Short Fiction 10-12 days Lesson Essential Questions ...
- Short Fiction. 10-12 days. Lesson Essential Questions: How do authors order events of a text? (RL 1) (RL5). How do authors manipulate time in a text? (RL5). How is plot structured in multiple texts? (RL 1) (RL 2). Lesson Essential Questions: How does the setting influence the characters and action? (RL3).

Essential Language Arts Questions: Reading Fiction | Printable ...
Kick off a lively class discussion about favorite tales, story elements, and self-discovery with these talking point about the joy of reading fiction!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

How do you write a topic sentence?

Great Topic Sentences. Every paragraph needs a clear interesting topic sentence that identifies the topic being discussed (who what where) and the main point or idea of the paragraph (why how).  Generally but not always, the topic sentence appears at the beginning of the paragraph.

Interesting topic + Original main point = Great Topic Sentence
Who or what + Why or how =
How do you write a topic sentence?
How do you teach students to write high-quality topic sentences?
How do you teach students to write great paragraphs?

How do you write interesting topic sentences?

[PDF]Topics, Main ideas, and Topic sentences - Pearson
Read and write topic sentences. □ Goal 4. Think critically about topic sentences. 3. PART TWO READING, WRITING, AND ORGANIZING PARAGRAPhs. Topics, Main ideas, and. Topic sentences ..... are discouraged and the teacher's sole responsibility is to relay information to be memorized by the students. 5. In the U.s. ...

[PDF]How To Write a Paragraph - Create Better Writers
In my writing workshops I present this lesson to show teachers how to teach the paragraph. I've run into teachers who ... Topic Sentence. 3. 5-7 Sentences. 4. Closing Sentence. 5. Indent; Spelling and Punctuation. Step 2 – Learning the Five Parts: Let the students try to guess the five parts of a good paragraph. Number 1 – 5 ...

1. EXERCISES ON PARAGRAPH WRITING. A) TOPIC SENTENCES. The topic sentence is the most important sentence of a paragraph. It states the main idea and introduces the reader to the topic. 1. CHOOSING TOPIC SENTENCES. Choose the best topic sentence for each group of supporting sentences. Write it on the.

[PDF]Topic Sentences
new paragraph and write a new topic sentence (Adapted from Pacheco). Purposes of a Topic Sentence: 1. To substantiate or support an essay's thesis statement. 2. To unify the content of a paragraph and establish a general sense of organization. 3. To present to the audience the subject to be discussed and how the ...

Read individually the text you are given to write your topic sentence. When you finish writing it, DO NOT discuss what you write. Wait for instructions. Someone shares her topic sentence but without commenting on it- The First Turn. Next each group comments in round-robin turn about the topic written. The person who wrote ...

[PDF]Writing Paragraphs
2. Students create complete topic sentences, and three complete sentences as supporting details. In order to prepare students to learn paragraph structure/organization, teach the students the academic vocabulary word “organize.” Write the word organize on the board/document camera and read it to the students.

The most important sentence in your paragraph is the topic sentence, which clearly states the subject of the ... of a paragraph. This practice is not always followed in commercial or instructive writing or in business letters ... the correct class, all twenty-five students turned and looked at me as the teachersaid,. “You're late.

 shines all day. In winter, it can get cold in the desert, but in summer it is hot in the desert and in the cities. I love hot weather. What is wrong with the other topic sentences? Match them to the problems. Exercise 3: Copy the correct second sentence of the paragraph after the topic sentences. Then write a third.

[PDF]Topic Sentences
Topic sentences and thesis statements reveal the reason for writing and tell the reader what will be proven or explained: • Topic sentences are used for paragraph and report writing when the writer is explaining facts. • Thesis statements are used for essay writing when the writer expresses an opinion, takes a position, ...

[PDF]Topic Sentences Lesson Plan by Joseph Isaacs Hillcrest ES Baltimore ...
Topic: Writing a topic sentence. Grade Levels: 2nd to 5th. Language Domain(s): Type an “X” in the box to the left of the language domain(s) addressed in this lesson. Language Domain(s). Speaking. Reading xWriting ...

Friday, January 26, 2018


NWEA MAP Math Test RIT scores linked with Khan Academy lessons.

NWEA MAP Math RIT Growth Grades K-2 PDF | DOCX

NWEA MAP Math RIT MAP Growth Grades 2-5 PDF | DOCX

NWEA MAP Math RIT MAP Growth Grades 6+ PDF | DOCX

NWEA MAP TEST Khan Academy MATH LESSONS: MAP Mathematics RIT level Correlated to lessons on Khan Academy with Practice Exercises

Geometry Reason with Shapes, Attributes, & Coordinate Plane

Measurement and Data Geometric Measurement and Problem Solving

Represent and Interpret Data

Number and Operations Number and Operations - Fractions

Number and Operations in Base Ten

Understand Place Value, Counting, and Cardinality

Operations and Algebraic Thinking Analyze Patterns and Relationships

Represent and Solve Problems

Geometry: Geometric Measurement and RelationshipS

RIT Range: 224-227

Area and circumference of parts of circles 7.G.B.4
Area of a circle 7.G.B.4
Circumference of a circle 7.G.B.4
Radius and diameter 7.G.B.4
Complementary and supplementary angles (no visual) 7.G.B.5
Complementary and supplementary angles (visual) 7.G.B.5
Create equations to solve for missing angles 7.G.B.5
Finding missing angles 7.G.B.5
Identifying supplementary, complementary, and vertical angles 7.G.B.5
Quadrilateral angles 7.G.B.5
Unknown angle problems (with algebra) 7.G.B.5
Vertical angles 7.G.B.5
Shaded areas 7.G.B.6
Volume and surface area word problems 7.G.B.6

RIT Range: 228-231

Volume of cones 8.G.C.9
Volume of cylinders, spheres, and cones word problems 8.G.C.9
Volume of spheres 8.G.C.9
Volumes of cylinders 8.G.C.9
Solid geometry 8.G.C.9 | HSG-GMD.A.3
Solid geometry word problems 8.G.C.9 | HSG-GMD.A.3 | HSG-MG.A.1

RIT Range: 203-212
Angles in circles 4.MD.C.6 | 5.MD.C.5

RIT Range: 213-219
Angles in circles 4.MD.C.6 | 5.MD.C.5

Graph points 5.G.A.2

Compare volumes with unit cubes 5.MD.C.4 | 5.MD.C.5

Volume 1 5.MD.C.5

RIT Range: 220-223


Geometric Measurement and Relationships

Standards Alignment


Geometric Measurement and Relationships

Standards Alignment


Geometric Measurement and Relationships

Standards Alignment


Geometric Measurement and Relationships

Standards Alignment

RIT Range: 232-255

Midpoint formula HSG-GPE.B.6