Another Reading Response Freebie!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Today I am including a Reading Response Freebie that I love using with my kindergartners and 1st graders.  I find that my students can almost always tell me a lot about a story that I read to them, but I also want them to become experts at writing about stories we read. So to help them become expert reading responders, I use graphic organizers regularly in my classroom.  You can check out one I use in my room below.  This one has two different versions so that I can differentiate based on my students' abilities. In the first graphic organizer students can write a list of the story elements: characters, character details, setting and important events.  The second graphic organizer has larger boxes where students can instead draw a picture of the characters and setting.

Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Please check out the graphic organizer here!

Click the picture to get this freebie!

Freebie Fridays

Thanks so much to Kristin over at iteach 1 to 1 for the shout out! She is one of the many teacher bloggers that inspired us to start our own blog!

Have a great day!


  1. Hi Aylin...Congratulations on you new blog!! I recently started one too and couldn't be more excited. I love your reading response freebie..I think I could even use it with third graders. Pop on over to to visit me!!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Kathy! We are very excited to be joining the teacher blogging world as well. I'm glad you'll be able to use the reading response freebie with your 3rd graders!

  3. Cool graphic organizer! I am going to adapt this to use in my 7th grade classroom as we are learning methods of characterization. Can't wait to see what you post next!

  4. I nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. Visit me at to find out what you have to do!! Congrats!!

    1. Thanks for the nomination, Kathy! I will check it out!

  5. This graphic organizer was a huge success this week! Even though I teach 7th grade, this graphic organizer didn't look childish to my very self conscience 7th grade sped students. Keep em' coming Aylin!

    1. Dennis- I'm so glad to hear that it was useful for your students too! Thanks for stopping by- please come back again!


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