LESSON ONE: Components of Nonfiction Text
The student locates and interprets information from a book about bartering or a nonfiction text: illustrations, titles, headings, captions, diagrams, charts, and graphs.
GRADE-LEVEL EXPECTATIONS ADDRESSED
R3A Develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze and evaluate nonfiction from a variety of cultures and times: Text features
§ Sources of Literature
o Textbook or other nonfiction text that contains illustrations, titles, headings, captions,diagrams, charts, graphs
§ Handouts provided
o Features of text
o Nonfiction activity sheet/formative assessment
§ Words to know
Teacher will use nonfiction activity sheet/formative assessment handout to record student responses.
1. Tell the students you want to know if there is information in their nonfiction text about a particular topic. Go through the text identifying the different parts: illustrations, titles, headings, captions, diagrams, charts, and graphs.
Can you find a heading in the text?
Why is there a heading?
Where is a diagram located?
What does a diagram show?
Can you explain what is happening in the illustration on page (. . ) by reading the caption?
What does the chart on page (. . ) tell us?
Look at the graph on page ( . .) what conclusions can you draw from it?
You could make transparencies of the different parts to display on overhead so all students can
see. If you have a classroom set of nonfiction books, each student could have a copy. Display examples of the heading, diagram, illustrator, captions, charts, graphs on chart paper. Using pairs students could check their partner’s book page to be sure they’re on the correct page as class follows teacher modeling. For the formative assessment you might want to select one chapter for student response to facilitate grading.
2. Using the text, students work in small groups to locate the parts of nonfiction text as modeled by the teacher. Groups share information with class. Features of text (teacher checklist) handout provided.
3. Students will individually locate an example of the components in the text using the Nonfiction Activity Sheet handout.