Sunday, January 8, 2012

Noticing Nonfiction

Young readers are almost always drawn to nonfiction text, and it's a very good thing--a great majority of the text most adults read on a daily basis is nonfiction. We recently started a study of the features (parts) of nonfiction text. So far, students have learned how photographs, illustrations, captions, and labels are used and why they're important. On Friday, students studied books with their literacy partners to search for these features. We read a combination of fiction and nonfiction books in our classroom--students can choose either type of text when they "book shop" for Reading Workshop and the volunteer reading program, there are a variety of genres represented during our read-aloud times, and our classroom library has a wide variety as well. Immersing ourselves in the genre will help prepare students to write their own "All About Books" and "How to Books"--both types of nonfiction writing--in the near future.

The document camera helped students share what they found.
I wish the words were readable here--they found an example of a caption in a nonfiction book about bears.

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