Intermediate: Encourage students to help you fill out the worksheet. It took 4 mini lessons to determine what these text features were and to understand how they help us while reading nonfiction texts.Sell it! I modeled going back to the above chart over and over. Most students like the challenge and will respond positively. The ring hung on my whiteboard in the front of my classroom so students could easily access then at anytime. Allow students to write a few examples of quick notes prior to the independent practice. It took 4 mini lessons to determine what these text features were and to understand how they help us while reading nonfiction texts. This is called previewing. Want to read more about writers workshop?
EL adjustments Introduction 10 minutes Gather students at the rug and tell them that today you would like to read them a nonfiction book. Now that my readers had a good foundation of identifying nonfiction books and text features, we moved on to comparing fiction to nonfiction texts.
Provide each student with three file cards to write three facts about the information in the book. We then read a couple of nonfiction books about polar bears. I get my riddles here. Build content vocabulary by understanding it and then using it in writing assignments.
Expect the personal best from each child. Intermediate: Allow students to sit in front of the classroom next to supportive peers.