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Best Practices: Teaching with Nonfiction

5-Day Unit Plan for Introducing Nonfiction

Adapted from Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction (Grades 2-4) , by Alice Boynton and Wiley Blevin (Scholastic, 2004).

Use these lessons to provide students with a strong foundation for reading, writing, and using nonfiction.

Grades: 2-4

Duration: 1 week

By learning to how to use information presented in various types of nonfiction material, students will prepare to use the multitude of expository texts that readers of all ages encounter daily, including newspapers, brochures, magazines, instruction manuals, recipes, and maps.

Students will:

  1. Get an introduction to nonfiction texts and identify what they already know about this genre
  2. Prepare to read a nonfiction article by building background knowledge and learning key vocabulary
  3. Learn text features associated with types of nonfiction
  4. Learn about different text structures used in nonfiction and identify the text structure of a specific passage
  5. Check their comprehension skills and apply what they've learned to their own writing
Day 1: What's Special About Nonfiction?
Day 2: Prepare to Read
Day 3: Teach Text Features & Read the Selection
Day 4: Teach Text Structure & Reread the Selection
Day 5: Check Comprehension & Apply Writing


Nonfiction Home | 6 Reasons | 5-Day Unit Plan | 4 Sources
3 Comprehension Strategies | 2 Ideas | 1-on-1