Teachers are being bombarded with ideas for teaching nonfiction, but what really works? In this essential book, dynamic author Lori G. Wilfong describes ten best practices for teaching nonfiction and how to implement them in the classroom. She also points out practices that should be avoided, helping you figure out which strategies to ditch and which to embrace.
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Every chapter begins with an engaging scenario and ends with action steps to help you get started. The book also contains tons of handy templates that you can reproduce and use in your own classroom.
1 Select and instruct nonfiction support strategies with purpose
2 Provide students with a range of scaffolds for effective summary writing
3 Implement quality, differentiated nonfiction texts to teach language arts standards
4 Purposely select and study vocabulary words to support nonfiction reading
5 Work with content area colleagues to select nonfiction topics that cross the curriculum
6 Work with students to develop strategies to cite evidence when working with all texts
7 Create and scaffold varied and interesting nonfiction writing assignments that range from informal to formal, depending on purpose
8 Use text structure as both a reading and writing tool to assist students in analyzing any nonfiction text
9 Encourage independent reading of nonfiction texts as part of balanced self-selected reading diet
10 Use nonfiction for active comprehension strategies like Readers’ Theatre, Tableaux and Character Walks