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Build and Evaluate Comprehension with Creative Performance Tasks

Six ideas for performance tasks that get students making and creating to demonstrate (and help you evaluate) their comprehension.



Literature connections

Literature suggestions for student adaptations

A list of books students can use to create the own literature adptations.

Connecting to Literature in Math

Connecting math to literature

Children's books about math that make for great student-published books and projects.


Make comprehension work fun with choice boards

Use choice boards to engage students in reading and let them demonstrate their comprehension of a story.

Student project

Connecting to text

Help students listen to their inner voice and dig deeper to connect to text.

The 21st Century Author Study

The 21st century author study

New technologies can help transform the traditional author study into a student-centered process.

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Help reluctant readers enjoy reading

Simple strategies for parents to engage reluctant readers and writers.

Lesson Plans

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Adapt a Pattern Story

Students practice writing and illustrating as they create a page in your class's adaptation of their favorite pattern story.

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Adapt a Story

Students practice narrative writing as they work together to write, illustrate, and narrate a new version of a story.

Design a Book Cover

Design a Book Cover

Students create a new cover design for a book they are reading to demonstrate comprehension and explore character, plot, setting, symbolism, and conflict.

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Interview a Book Character

In this lesson, students craft an interview with a character from a book they are reading to demonstrate comprehension.

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Character Coat of Arms

In this lesson, students create a coat of arms to represent their personal identity and values.

Character Scrapbook

Character Scrapbook

Students will create a digital scrapbook that showcases the viewpoint of the main character.

Book trailers

Book Trailers

Students will develop a movie-style trailer for a book they have read.

Hero's Journey

Hero's Journey

Students will create an eBook identifying and explaining the events in a hero's journey in a text they are reading.

Create a Card Game

Create a Card Game

Students create a card game based on the storyline of a book they are reading.

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