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Teaching Tips: Nonfiction Reading Strategies

This site provides teaching activities for nonfiction reading strategies and evaluating websites. Smartboard lessons are included. Student research, group work and discussion, and writing activities using expository writing are additional skills included in the lessons. Ethemes, Parts of a Book: Nonfiction and Library Skills: Text Features, are included.

Grades

  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

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This site includes a lesson plan for teaching nonfiction text features which can be adapted for middle school students. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
This student guide explains the differences between fiction and nonfiction, describes the various nonfiction text features, and offers strategies for reading nonfiction.
Use this interactive site with students to organize their information logically.
This article uses a downloadable document to assist students in locating a main idea and supporting details in nonfiction articles.
Use this site with students to expose them to think and read critically. The topic involves myths and historical facts about the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America.
Students can use this interactive tool which will enhance their research and collecting information from nonfiction.
See this activity for students to practice the skill of cause and effect while reading nonfiction text. Students will also participate in an art project, experiment and use graphic organizers.
Here are activities in which students use time lines, research skills, and Websites to verify inventions and historical events.
Read through these activities to assist students in using text features to navigate a piece of nonfiction. Group work, discussion, and writing are additional skills practiced in this lesson.
Here are strategies for students to discern the accuracy of nonfiction text. Students will explore the genre of science fiction while learning about the science integrated into the plot of the story using nonfiction text and resources.
This site provides a lesson to expose students to expository text that involves cause and effect. Collaborative work, researching, and writing are additional skills that are practiced in this lesson.
This site provides a lesson in which students evaluate Seymour Simon's nonfiction book, "Wolves". Students work in groups for discussion, research, and create a power point presentation as a final product.
This site provides activities for students to examine nonfiction writing by award-winning nonfiction author, Seymour Simon.
Students learn to use the THIEVES strategy to preview and read nonfiction text.
This activity features several nonfiction text information presentations using a Smartboard. The first two activities focus on understanding nonfiction text when reading informational books.
This site provides an internet basics quiz, research using websites, and citing websites. Handouts are provided as well as tutorials.
This site provides activities to teach students how to evaluate websites. Hand-outs are provided for evaluating internet sites and possible categories for class web sites.
This resource provides several informational websites related to parts of a nonfiction book. Includes topics such as glossary, index, table of contents, and key words. There are games, exercises, presentations, and lesson plans. Also includes a link to an eThemes resource on writing nonfiction.
This site provides a variety of activities for the library skills of text features. Find resources for educators to teach and reinforce nonfiction text features. Includes eThemes Resources for writing nonfiction.

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