LESSON SEVEN: Discussing Nonfiction Features
Students learn about the specific features in nonfiction text that aid in comprehension.
R1I Identify connections between text ideas-similarities and differences in information and relationships in various fiction and nonfiction works; text ideas and own experiences; text ideas and the world, with assistance.
R2A Locate and apply specific information in a title, pictures, and table of contents.
§ Sources of literature
o When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
o Nonfiction read aloud
o Chart paper
o Various nonfiction books
§ Handouts provided
o Nonfiction features chart
§ Words to know
Teacher observation and nonfiction features chart
1. Discuss comparing a fiction text with a nonfiction text. Tell students the Cynthia Rylant books they have heard were fiction. Display an example of a nonfiction text and encourage students to share their observations. Discuss the elements found in each text.
Fiction elements (story elements): setting, characters, problem, solution.
Nonfiction elements (features): table of contents, index, pictures, captions, charts, maps, headings, bolded words, glossary
2. Read the nonfiction text aloud and encourage discussion concerning new nonfiction features. (Develop an anchor for future reference).
3. Provide students with a selection of nonfiction books for use during independent reading. After students have selected their books, allow them to read in a comfortable setting to complete the task.
The task : identify a nonfiction feature that helped you to better understand the text and be able to explain how the feature aided in comprehension. Complete the nonfiction features chart.
4. Students return to whole group meeting area in order to share their findings and engage in further discussion about nonfiction features.