LESSON FIVE: Evaluating Nonfiction Texts
Students review the elements of nonfiction texts. They read the nonfiction texts How to be a Dog’s Best Friend and Making Friends and discus the content and accuracy of each article. Students read the article Kids Who Care Program and do a short free-writing evaluating the accuracy of the article.
R3C Evaluate the accuracy of information from a nonfiction text.
§ Source of Literature
o How to be a Dog’s Best Friend http://www.bhg.com
o Making Friends http://www.EBSCOhost.com
o Kids Who Care Program http://www.paws.org
o Transparency of the articles, How to be a Dog’s Best Friend, and Making Friends
o Overhead projector
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to know
Students use information from the Kids Who Care Program to answer questions in complete sentences. Scoring guide provided.
1. Review the elements of nonfiction texts. Ask students how they would evaluate the accuracy of nonfiction texts. Record the answers on the board. Orally review student responses and discuss other ways to evaluate accuracy of information in a nonfiction text.
What is nonfiction?
Nonfiction text is prose writing based on fact. Types of nonfiction include autobiographies, biographies, essays, newspaper articles, magazine articles, how-to books, textbooks, history books, letters, reports, etc.
What makes a person an authority about a subject?
His/her level of knowledge and depth of experience.
Elements of nonfiction:
2. Using transparencies of the articles, How to Be A Dog’s Best Friend and Making Friends or other related articles, students participate in a small group discussion concerning the content and accuracy of the information in each article. Students identify resource material used for content and credentials of the article and/or publisher. Each group evaluates the accuracy of each article and gives reasons for its choices. Groups share information with peers.
Does the credentials of an author make a difference in the accuracy of the articles?
Does the publisher make a difference in the reliability of the author? (Discuss tabloid magazines)
3. Students read Kids Who Care Program and stop periodically for discussion. After students complete the article, they do a short free writing exercise evaluating the accuracy of the information.