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Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

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Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Janet Beyersdorfer

Arlington Heights, Illinois

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Printouts

Strategy Guides

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Sharing Info from Informational Reading

Reporting on an informational book doesn’t have to be boring! Instead of the traditional book report format, students create newspapers using a Printing Press interactive to share what they have learned from reading informational books.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23

Avi was born in 1937.

After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 23

The first typewriter patent was awarded in 1868.

Students take part in an inquiry-based study that compares typewriters to computers.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 24

The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.

Students explore the literary concept of point of view by examining a pair of picture books that highlight the controversies surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 17

The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!

Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Nonfiction Pyramid

After students read an article or other work of nonfiction, they can use the Nonfiction Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details in the text.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Supporting Student Comprehension in Content Area Reading

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn a few simple, yet powerful, techniques to encourage students to use peer talk and writing to enhance their understanding of content area texts.

 

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