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Students will use various strategies to understand nonfiction text.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Gather students at the rug and tell them that today you would like to read them a nonfiction book. Quickly review what nonfiction is. Tell students that even though someone can read all the words in a book it doesn’t mean they will understand everything they read. That why it’s important to get your brain ready to read by looking for clues. This is called previewing.
Tell students that today they will be nonfiction detectives and, luckily, nonfiction books have some special features where readers can look for clues. List them on the board: Title, Table of Contents, Visuals, Headings.
Pre-teach the following text features: title, table of contents, headings, visuals.
Provide definitions in English and student's home language (L1).
Allow students to find or draw pictures of each text feature and paste examples in their journals or reading logs.
Allow students to sit in front of the classroom next to supportive peers.
Encourage students to paraphrase what they will be doing today.