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Expository Essay Graphic Organizer

Expository Essay Graphic Organizer

Expository Essay Graphic Organizer- provide this graphic organizer to students to require a template and expectations to follow when students construct their expository essay.

Expository Essay Rubric-Grade 7

Expository Essay Rubric-Grade 7

Use this rubric to score 7th grade student expository essays.  This rubric contains the same breakdown and scoring as used on the STAAR assessment and allows you to assign a final score to each essay to track student growth over time.

Expository Prompt Template

Expository Prompt Template

This prompt template is identical to the expository writing prompts students will see on the STAAR.  Fill in this editable PDF document and provide it to students when assigning a writing prompt to allow students to familiarize themselves with the test format and delivery instruction.

Reading Behaviors Forms

Reading Behaviors Forms

Reading Behaviors Forms- Adapted from the work of Fountas and Pinnell, these forms break down the reading behaviors of students by grade level.  Use this as a tracker, gauging student reading behaviors over a period of time to ensure each student is demonstrating mastery of reading behaviors expected at their reading letter level.

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Finding Text Evidence

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Finding Text Evidence

This tool helps students identify direct evidence, pulled from the text, to answer specific questions.  The graphic organizer helps students organize and clarify their reasoning and directs them to locate specific evidence to form arguments supporting their claims.  Also, this tool helps build the skill-set of identifying the most relevant quotes when forming an argument.  These reading comprehension strategies are essential to forming well-researched arguments when preparing essays or answering passage questions on exams.

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Identifying the Sequence of Events in a Passage

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Identifying the Sequence of Events in a Passage

This reading strategy tool helps students track the sequence of events taking place while reading.  By completing the sections of this graphic organizer while reading passages, students will learn how to instinctually follow the order of events taking place in specific stories, a critical factor for reading comprehension.

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Making Inferences

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Making Inferences

A key component of reading comprehension; inferences, are conclusions that are drawn by combining clues in the text and schema (what you already know).  This is a concept that is often taken for granted by experienced readers, but is a critical reading strategy deficiency for students struggling with reading comprehension.  This tool helps students practice identifying, understanding and finally drawing inferences as they practice reading books or passages.

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Someone-Then Character Summary

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Someone-Then Character Summary

The purpose of this tool is to help students organize their thoughts when summarizing events and story lines concerning a specific character “someone”.  This reading comprehension tool helps students practice explaining concepts such as character transitions, struggles or basic story lines in essays or while answering questions about specific passages.

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Who, What, Where & When Summary

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer Tool – Who, What, Where & When Summary

Use this graphic organizer tool to help guide students on preparing short summaries of a passage or story.  This tool helps students focus on the key elements that need to be addressed when writing a summary for an exam or as part of an essay, and is also a critical skill needed for reading comprehension.

Reading Comprehension Strategy Tool - Define Unfamiliar Words Using Context Clues in the Text

Reading Comprehension Strategy Tool - Define Unfamiliar Words Using Context Clues in the Text

Use this tool to teach students how to use context clues to identify the meaning of unfamiliar words.  This reading strategies tool gives students 7 different word identification methods to use when taking an exam or reading passages.

Reading Comprehension Strategy Tool - Reading Strategies Checklist

Reading Comprehension Strategy Tool - Reading Strategies Checklist

Use this checklist to identify key activities students should be engaged in while reading passages and stories to maximize reading comprehension.  The action items are categorized as key activities to be completed, before reading, during reading and after reading the passage.

Reading Genre Anchor Chart for Elementary Readers

Reading Genre Anchor Chart for Elementary Readers

Creating an ongoing class anchor chart is a great way to teach a variety of genres, and can be adapted for any elementary grade level. All you need to get started is a simple three column chart with the following labels: Genre, Features, and Examples.  Here we provide a basic 2-column chart describing the features of various genres (fantasy, science-fiction, biography, myths, etc.)

Reading Text Analyzer

Reading Text Analyzer

This planner provides steps required to analyze texts provided to students in class to better plan for lesson deliver.  Use page 1 as an analysis of the planned lesson text to ensure that the tasks and questions assigned for the text are appropriately rigorous for your group of students.  Use page 2 as a lesson check to ensure the most important components of your lesson are included in class.

Revising & Editing Checklist-Writing

Revising & Editing Checklist-Writing

Revising and Editing Checklist- provide this resource to students to allow students to revise and edit their own or a peer’s work.  Use this same rubric when scoring essays to align expectations. Content in this document is aligned to expectations on the STAAR.

Running Records Form-Reading

Running Records Form-Reading

Running Record Form- This standard running record sheet can be used to assess reading level for your students.

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