During our next unit in Reading Workshop the students will learn strategies for reading nonfiction. We will begin by studying how text features such as headings, diagrams, and captions help readers navigate nonfiction texts. Students will practice strategies for finding the main idea and details of chunks of text in order to monitor their comprehension. They will also learn how to recognize the text structures (cause and effect, compare and contrast, time order, problem and solution, and description) that nonfiction writers use. Knowing how nonfiction books are organized increases a readers comprehension because they become aware of how the information will unfold. This prepares their minds for reading.
As students read nonfiction books during independent reading I will confer with individuals and small groups to see how they are applying the strategies that will help them find the main idea and supporting details of a text. Reading partners will teach each other what they are learning from the books they are reading. This will help readers think critically to determine what information from a text is most important instead of just mining for facts.
On Wednesday the students enjoyed our trip to the Dekalb History Center. There we learned more about the lives of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and Paul Revere. Check out the slideshow of photos below!