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Vocabulary strategies

Please go to this link to see an example of the Reading Comprehension Strategy we are using.  
1: First, we read the questions and all of the answer choices. As we read them, we noted important words (first, important vocabulary words, different or same, words being compared) by circling them. We also put a tiny x next to an answer choice that we thought was wrong.  
2: Next, we read the passage, putting a dot next to a sentence where we thought a question was answered.  NOTE: Please do NOT read part of the passage, go answer a question, and come back to the passage.  For the best level of comprehension, the WHOLE passage should be read at one time. 
3: After that, we went back to the questions and answered them.  As we answered, if we could prove the answer in the passage, we highlighted where we found the answer and numbered it to correspond to the question it answered. As we answered questions, we also used process of elimination in which we crossed out answers we KNEW were incorrect to help us narrow down the possibilities.

Google Docs Video

Character Post-it Rubric

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Example

Ira is going for a sleepover.

In Ira Sleeps Over, Ira is invited to a sleepover but doesn’t know if he should bring his stuffed bear. He worries that his friend will make fun of him for having a bear, and for his bear’s name, Ta-Ta.  In the end, he goes home and gets his bear once he sees his friend has a bear too.

In Ira Sleeps Over, Ira is nervous about bringing his bear to his sleepover because he doesn’t want to be embarrassed, but he is also nervous about sleeping without his bear. I think Ira is indecisive because he keeps changing his mind about bringing his bear.  He doesn’t decide until right before they go to sleep, after the ghost stories and after Reggie brought out his own bear to go home and get his bear. This tells me that Ira is a follower as well. He needed to know his friend wouldn’t make fun of him before he would bring his bear with him.  

As I read


  • I can identify the main character.



  • I notice big things that a character says, does, and thinks and I think about what this might show about a character’s feelings.




  • I think about whether the main character meets with a problem. And if so, how the character solves it.



  • I can develop ideas (theories) about the kind of person a character is. I know this means talking about a character’s traits (personality) and I’m careful to not confuse the way a character feels for a trait.



  • When a character makes a decision and does something, I can usually figure out why, based on what I know of the character and what happened earlier.


  • I can use text evidence.

How to get to the next level

  • Can I identify a character’s feelings based on the big things a character does, says, and thinks?


  • Can I identify the character’s problem and how they solve it?

  • Can I think about what type of person my character is based on character traits and not feelings?

  • Can I use what I know about my character to make a prediction about how they will act in a certain situation?


  • Prediction Post-it Rubric

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    Example

    I think Ira will bring his teddy bear.

    In Ira Sleeps Over, I think Ira will bring his teddy bear because he is scared to sleep without him.

    In Ira Sleeps Over, I think Ira will bring his teddy bear because Reggie is his best friend, he has never slept over at anyone’s house before, and he has never slept without his teddy bear before.

    As I read


    • I made a prediction



    • I made a prediction about what will happen next.



    • I used information from earlier in the text to make my prediction.


    • I made a prediction about what the main character will do, say, think (and how the character will react to things).


    • I used information from earlier parts of the text to make this prediction.


    • I can explain the reasons for my prediction using text evidence.

    How to get to the next level

    • Can I make a prediction about what will happen next using previous information?

  • Can I make a prediction about what the character will say, think or do using text evidence?

  • Can I make a prediction about how other characters will react based on what the main character says, does, or acts?