LESSON SEVEN: Locate key information in nonfiction text
o R3C The student will locate and interpret key information on nonfiction text (illustrations, title, chapter headings, table of contents, charts, diagrams, graphs, glossary, caption and maps) to answer questions and solve problem.
Sources of Literature
o Science text
o Chart paper
o Overhead and transparency
Words to know
Students individually locate an example of the following components in their science text or nonfiction book and record the page number of each example: title, chapter heading, chart, diagram, graph, glossary, caption, map, table of contents, illustration. Students may use notebook paper.
1. Tell students you want to know if there is information in their science text about a particular topic such as the water cycle.
Is there any easy way to find out if there is information about the water cycle in our science book?
Where can you look to find the names of the chapters in our science book?
What if you donít know the meaning of a word when you read it in your science book? Is there an easy way to find out? Is it ever helpful to look at illustrations, captions, and diagrams when reading your science book? Why?
Can you find a chapter about_______ in the table of contents?
Look through the text, can you find an illustration with a caption?
2. Go through the text identifying the different parts: titles, chapter headings, table of contents, charts, diagrams, graphs, glossary, captions and map reading, Do a think aloud of how the texts are alike and different.
Use a nonfiction big book for display.
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 example of the parts on chart paper.
Using pairs/check, students could check their partnerís book page to be sure theyíre on the correct part as class follows teacher modeling.
3. Using the science text, students work in small groups to locate the parts of a nonfiction text as modeled by the teacher. Groups share information with class in small groups. Provide related nonfiction texts and ask them to compare and contrast information through discussion.