Non-Fiction Activities 

 

 

Nonfiction Reading and Writing Workshops. Published by National Geographic. These books provide your students with hours of work. Each box contains five sets-of -six strategy books for students and a teacher manual. They are a bit pricey, but worth every cent!! There are three levels for each classroom use {A, B, C}. Boxed sets are made for grades 2-7.
 
Each Box of books focus on all six specific reading comprehension strategies as well as on the writing process.
I simply follow the instructions given in the teacher's guide. The work is done for you. However, I do stray from the manual if I see student's need help. While they are in their groups, helping each other and reading aloud, I circulate and help students. Once a week I take in their notes and assign a mark for what they accomplished.

 

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For Teachers: Some ideas that follow key outcomes

Speaking and listening

Have your students perform a tableau [frozen images of the main events] in the article or non-fiction piece that they have read. Students could help work out a scoring rubric and time to script and prepare the scene, or it could be done as an improvisational skit where students can use their books for guidance.

Speaking and listening

   Discuss with your class the important social issues in the text and then arrange a formal debate of those issues. For instance, one issue could be the ethics of hunting or destruction of our forests.

Look over: Exploring Non Fiction Texts

Reading and Viewing

  Set up "stations" in the classroom where students can: play a music CD; watch excerpts of movies or documentaries about the issues in their non-fiction books.  Give students time to spend at each station and a task to complete. At each station have a card that describes the various task s that will be required.

 These tasks could range from writing personal reflections on the material, to answering specific questions regarding themes and  commonalities/differences in perspective. You could have an Art Station, Music Station, Vocabulary Station, Debate Station etc. Give two to three days to complete each station. Rotate stations daily if possible.

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Reading and Viewing

Provide students with a non- fictional piece of writing and ask them to compare this to any TV show or movie that deals with the same events as the text.  Have students discuss, and formulate ways in which the medium changes the message of the events.

Have a fill in form for them to complete as they watch or when they finish. Ask generic questions like:

  1. Look over reading comprehension exercises.

Writing and Representing

Students may create a living postcard by getting involved in local community history.  Have your students (individually or in groups) take pictures of local historical events such as "pancake breakfast" or Festivals 9 winter, spring or if some have pictures from summer festivities. They may then create a presentation or a video (use editing software) to write non-fiction accounts of the events or create a movie of the event using titles etc. Students should use as many primary sources as possible, including interviews with people in the town and archived records.

Writing and Representing

Have students create a  KWL sheet. Students will then be able to creatively and imaginatively communicate their thoughts, feelings and reactions to this piece of non fiction. 
 

 

Curriculum Outcomes