Responding to Texts in the Common Core

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Now that Common Core standards have taken over in the classroom, the questions students are answering about literature have changed dramatically. No more questions as simple as: Who is the main character? What is the setting? What is the problem and solution? Although I feel those questions are still quite valuable in determining whether the student understands the basics of a text, there are questions that are much more in depth that your students should also be able to answer. Below is a sample of fiction and non-fiction responses to text:

Responses to a Fiction Text

  • Summarize what you read today. What were the most important events? Did you learn anything new about the characters?
  • Is what you read believable? Why or why not?
  • Pretend you are interviewing the main character. What two questions would you ask?
  • Is there anything you would change in this story? What would it be? Why would you change it?
  • Would you like to be a character in this story? Why or why not? Which character would you be and why?


Responses to Non-Fiction Text

  • What is the main idea of the text you read?
  • Why did the author probably write this selection? How do you know?
  • How and where could you find out more information about the topic you read today? What else would you like to know about the topic?
  • Were there any text features (graphs, pictures/captions, headings, vocabulary) that helped you better understand your reading? What were they and how did they help you?
  • Did you find any interesting words while you were reading? What were they? Look up the definition of your words. Write the words in a sentences.



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