Lesson Plan

Classifying Nonfiction Details

As students re-read nonfiction texts, have them classify visual features and record learnings from the captions.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to re-read a leveled nonfiction text, identify a visual feature, and record a fact from the caption.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Classifying Visual Text Features
  • Tell students they will be rereading their nonfiction books, paying specific attention to the visual text features like diagrams, illustrations, photographs, and charts. Explain that visual features can give important information, too.
  • They will each get three sticky notes to mark and identify visual text features that really stand out. Students will also note one fact they’ve learned from the caption, which is explainer text below a visual feature.

Beginning:

  • Provide examples of a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts for students to explore.
  • Encourage students to share what makes the books similar and different with a partner.

Intermediate: Preview the nonfiction texts students will be reading to ensure student understanding of the content.