Exploring Nonfiction with Young Learners

Exploring Nonfiction with Young Learners

by Darla Miner, Jill Zitnay

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Overview

Exploring Nonfiction with Young Learners explores the four basic nonfiction structures that the youngest learners are most likely to encounter: descriptive, recount/collection, procedural, and explanatory texts. This book also includes information to help teach four, more complex structures that younger readers sometimes encounter during read-alouds: comparison, response, causation/cause and effect, and persuasive genres.

This book is organized to help plan lessons using each type of nonfiction structure. Strategies and suggestions for activities to use before, during and after reading are included. Templates and graphic organizers are also provided in order to facilitate planning, and offer additional resources. Detailed information about each text structure as well as mentor texts to illustrate each type is included. Text structures, as well as text access features, are defined and located in easy reference charts. Whole class and small group planning ideas are included throughout the book in order to allow for differentiation. Additionally, assessment ideas, sample think-alouds, lesson planning templates, and sample lessons with completed graphic organizers are included for each text structure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610484954
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Darla Taylor Miner has been an educator since 1989. During her tenure, she has made curriculum and instruction a focus in order to increase student success, and has presented information on curriculum development at the State and National levels.

Jill Zitnay's special interest in using research and data to make curriculum decisions, and inform teachers and improve student performance came out of teaching elementary and high school students for more than 20 years. This experience plus her undergraduate degree in special education and graduate degree in reading enable her to instruct students and other educators in CT and nationally.Jill’s special interest in using research and data to make curriculum decisions, and inform teachers and improve student performance came out of teaching elementary and high school students for more than 20 years. This experience plus her undergraduate degree in special education and graduate degree in reading enable her to instruct students and other educators in CT and nationally.

Table of Contents


Introduction
  • Why Teach Nonfiction?
  • How Can I Use This Book?
  • What This Book Covers

Chapter 1: What Makes Nonfiction Unique?
  • Nonfiction Text Structures
  • Nonfiction Text Access Features

Chapter 2: Why is Nonfiction so Difficult to Comprehend?
  • Understanding Cohesive Ties
  • Using Structure-Specific Signal Words
  • Activities to Teach the Use of Cohesive Ties and Signal Words

Chapter 3: Getting Ready to Teach Nonfiction
  • When to Teach Nonfiction
  • Materials
  • Before You Plan
  • Planning a Lesson
  • Lesson Components
  • Making Room for Independent Reading

Chapter 4: Before Reading
  • Determining the Structure of the Text
  • Building/Assessing Background Knowledge
  • Introducing Key Vocabulary
  • Learning Text Access Features
  • Modeling Comprehension Strategies
  • Before Reading Planner

Chapter 5: During Reading
  • Overall strategies
  • A lesson sample for each text structure
  • Model Text
  • During Reader Planner

Chapter 6: After Reading
  • Overall strategies
  • A lesson sample for each text structure
  • Integrating writing after reading—how it fits in; lesson examples
  • Blacklines; templates; organizers

Chapter 7: Teaching with Text Structures
  • Descriptive
  • Recount
  • Procedural
  • Explanatory
  • More complex text structures

Chapter 8: Pulling It All Together/Additional Information
  • Assessment of learning
  • Planning Templates

Appendix of Blacklines: Graphic Organizers, Templates

About the Authors

Bibliography of Books for the Classroom

What People are Saying About This

R.F. Martino

Zitnay and Miner "get it!" They have created a teacher friendly resource promoting non-fiction reading for young learners that’s an easy read, comprehensive, informative, and USEFUL!!!

Colleen M. Murray

Exploring Nonfiction with Young Learners proves to be a practical resource for educators at all levels who search for effective strategies to help their students comprehend nonfiction text.The book’s content provides valuable information on nonfiction text structure and features supported by application and sample lesson activities along with quality assessments to measure student learning.A must for every educator’s professional bookshelf!

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