Adventures with Infographics
Students will be able to analyze the parts of a nonfiction text.
- Read aloud a few pages from an informational text and a few pages from a procedural (how-to) text. Alternatively, you can write procedural and informational paragraphs on the board.
- Ask students what they notice about what you read.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Explain that there are different types of nonfiction texts. Nonfiction texts are also called informational texts and teach you information about a main topic. One type of nonfiction text is procedural texts, which teach you how to make or do something. Cookbooks or craft books are examples of procedural texts.
- Tell students that nonfiction texts are written about main topics. In procedural texts, the main topic is described by directions that you follow to make or do the main topic. Model how to identify the main topic in the procedural text you read aloud.
- Key ideas support main topics. Share that in procedural texts, the key ideas are usually the directions. Key ideas also act as or include evidence that supports the main topic.
- Connections can be made between key ideas and evidence in a text. Model how to make connections in the procedural text that you read.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Using the informational text that you read aloud, guide students in identifying the main topic, key details, and evidence.
- Ask students to turn to a partner to make connections between two or more parts of the text.
Independent working time(30 minutes)
- Have students select and read a nonfiction text.
- Handout the Comprehension Infographic worksheet and have students create an infographic to share what they learned.
- If students finish early, they can complete the following worksheets Connections, Evidence, Oh My! and Idea Connector.
- Have students read a portion of a text and complete the infographic worksheet.
- Have students write their own nonfiction text, including main ideas, key details, and evidence.
- Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they analyze the parts of nonficton texts.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Have students share the main topic and key details of the text they read.