Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Non-Fiction Reading Response Choice Board Bundle

Choice Boards have been around for quite some time, and were created by Carol Ann Tomlinson, the guru behind Differentiated Instruction.  The idea behind choice boards is that if we give students choice in how to show us what they know, they will be more interested in the assignment, and therefore more actual learning will take place.  Here is an informative video on Learning Menus (similar concept to Choice Boards) and how they fit in with the Common Core Curriculum:

I have created 3 different choice boards to help meet the demands for text complexity with the CCSS. Let's be clear...I am not claiming that these are "aligned to the CCSS" just that they will HELP meet the demands for higher-order thinking skills required by the CCSS. :)  

The Choice Board pictured below uses Sandra Kaplan's Depth and Complexity Icons, which helps students THINK and interact with the text on a deeper level.  

In my classroom, I am going to use Choice Boards when students are working in their Literature Circle Groups.  Students will cut out the templates (provided in the bundle on TPT) and glue them into their Interactive Notebooks.  For Language of the Discipline (aka vocabulary), they will use Frayer Model templates (provided in the bundle) for words that either they don't know the meaning of or are important to understanding the text.   

In the past, I have sent a choice board similar to this home in their homework packet for them to complete in lieu of a traditional reading log.  The options are really endless for choice boards.


  1. The learning menu idea is awesome! I love it.

  2. Thank you for the kind feedback!