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Using Nonfiction In The Classroom
 

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    • Role of Nonfiction in Developing Reading and Study Skills By exposing students to informational texts, students have the opportunity to develop the following reading and study skills:  Gather information  Organize and summarize information  Synthesize what they have learned  Locate facts  Analyze vocabulary  Determine fact from fiction  Determine fact from opinion  Compare/contrast information  Use information to determine accuracy of texts
    • Using Nonfiction in the Classroom Pre-reading During Reading After Reading Activate and build Locating information Answering questions background knowledge Recording information Summarizing Motivate learners Skimming the text Recording what was Setting a purpose for learned Reading purposefully reading to answer questions or Reporting what was Discuss the access discover information learned features (table of Discussing content Summarizing contents, index, Visualizing Applying/extending glossary, etc.) the contents Creating vocab lists Provide an overview Rereading of the text Answering questions
    • Challenges of Informational Text  Readers have insufficient prior knowledge about content area topics  Readers are unfamiliar with the organizational text structures of expository writing.  Authors of content area materials tend to us a dense style of writing and include many ideas in a short space.  The writing can lack logical connectives and transition words, which hinder understanding.
    • Effective Nonfiction Read-Alouds  Select nonfiction that you are interested in and ones that captivate your students’ interests. Utilize a variety of nonfiction materials in your read-  aloud sessions. Prepare for the read-aloud by reading the selection  prior to reading it to the students. Provide a meaningful, purposeful introduction to the  selection before reading aloud (e.g., discussing the author, style of writing, content, key vocabulary, organization of text, etc.) Depending on your purpose, decide whether to read  the entire text, read only parts of the book, or read the text out of order.