We now ask students to "dig deeper" in the text, find evidence and prove their answers. This requires a huge shift in the way that we teach and in the way that students learn.
I created these "Finding Evidence Task Cards" to help make this shift successful. Use these cards for any text, fiction or nonfiction, to challenge students to "dig deeper." Not all cards will work with all texts, so I provided blank ones for you to create your own tasks.
This product includes: * labels for large envelopes (mystery packages) * labels for small envelopes (mystery packages) * textual evidence "sentence starter" cards * a student response sheet * 44 task cards * 12 blank cards with lines (to make your own) * 12 blank cards without lines (to make your own)
Print and laminate these cards. Create a "mystery" envelope for each group. Use a "Top Secret" label for each envelope. Choose a focus card for each group. Put one into each envelope. Each group will receive an envelope with one specific task. They can write their answers on the answer sheet I included, on notebook paper, or discuss it aloud.
I also included "cheat" sheets for the students - "Textual Evidence Sentence Starters." We have to teach students how to find evidence, but we also have to teach them how to record their thinking. These cards will help with this.
Another alternative to using these cards is to print them on cardstock, laminate, and hole punch. You can put them on a book ring and have them handy for any text you are using.