I used to find myself wanting a quick way to assess student understanding of a novel chapter, short book, or story that we were reading. I found the perfect solution in these open ended comprehension task cards! I always keep these cards handy in my guided reading basket, and I pull them out often. The great thing about them is that you can use them for 3rd graders who have a basic understanding of the story and are working on basic levels of reading comprehension, and you can also use them with middle school students who are ready to take their thinking up a notch.
My cards have always been written on index cards (hence my picture below), but I went ahead and typed them up so that they would be easily accessible to share. Enjoy this free download!