Non-Fiction Resources

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Are you looking for ways to teach your students ways to tackle their comprehension of non-fiction texts? Check out this excellent resource from the Center for Urban Education. I love how the graphic organizers are simple to draw, so I don’t have to run copies ahead of time for my students. They are also broken up into different comprehension strategies and text structures, so I’m always going to be able to find one to meet my needs.

Obviously, these graphic organizers fit beautifully with non-fiction texts of all kinds and levels. But, have you thought about using them with videos or clips from Discovery Education? I love teaching the use of these organizers with video clips because we can focus specifically on the featured learning objective, like summarizing. My lower readers do really well with this activity because they can get a handle on the skill I am trying to teach before they are struggling with the texts, too. This way, they know what they are doing and what to look for, as well as how to think about it. Give it a try!

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  1. Barbara Radner said:

    I’m very glad that the graphic organizers are useful.
    I emphasize that they are ways to organize thinking–and great “scaffolds” not only for thinking but then writing to explain the thinking. A long time ago, Alfred North Whitehead wrote that the problem of education was “to enable the learner to see the wood by means of the trees.” Graphic organizers literally help readers see–and then explain–the “big picture”.

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