The lesson introduces students to non-fictional text. Several text features are defined in the lesson, such as index and glossary. The lesson also provides several questions students should keep in mind as they read the non-fictional text, so they can become used to finding information in the text rather than just reading for pleasure. Finally, the lesson provides several tips for being an active reader and getting the most out of informational text.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Display a text book and a story book. Ask students: What is the difference between these two books?
- Allow for responses and discussion. List some of their responses, which may include make-believe vs. real, etc. Ask about the inside of each book. What are the differences?
- Allow for responses and confirm that students understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Next ask: How do you learn about new information, whether in school or at home?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Informational Text.
- Distribute Informational Text content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Review the use of the codes carefully with the class, and encourage using more than one if necessary. Allow students sufficient time to complete. You may read aloud each passage for the students.
- Once completed, allow students to share some of their codes, asking students to tell why they chose the code(s).
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: What new non-fiction information do you read or hear about that is most interesting to you? Why?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to share the true things they like to hear about or read, whether on the news, in a book, or from friends or family members.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions
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