Customizing Assignments for your School/District Library
- Write out an “essential question” in the Assignment Directions at the top of the assignment.
- It should be simple, engaging, and pertain to the main idea of the article or the instructional goal of the assignment.
- Process directions are not as necessary, because teachers will want to make these unique to their expectations.
Extra Help Summary
- Write out a short Extra Help Summary.
- Briefly summarize the article/text/chapter.
- Write sentences that are as simple as possible.
- Do not cover all details in the article/text/chapter. The Extra Help Summary should explain only the main idea of the article/text/chapter. It should prepare a reader to begin reading the text.
- Write at least 2 Extra Help notes in the margins throughout the article/text/chapter.
- Write at least 4 other margin notes throughout the article/text/chapter to fill gaps, define, help visualize- etc.
- As a general rule, margin notes should use minimal words and include images whenever possible.
- Add at least 2 multiple choice questions throughout the article/text/chapter.
- Space out questions to be balanced throughout the assignment.
- Include at least one short answer question. Any Short Answer question at the end of an assignment should refer back to the Essential Question at the top of the article.
- Consider writing an Extra Help prompt to support struggling readers using the “options” button at the bottom of the question. It can be guiding Q’s, a sentence starter/frame, or hints.
- Add a Depth of Knowledge (DoK) level AND standard to every question to make the data collected more meaningful.