Using the Great Depression as our context, Reading Well with Nonfiction introduces students to the skills that will help them approach nonfiction with confidence and excitement. Students will practice interpreting text features, identifying main ideas, and distinguishing between fact and opinion–all while learning about this important time in our history.
We will read a shared text called Children of the Great Depression by award-winning author Russell Freeman. Students will engage in deep class discussions revolving around interesting details and information about the period. We will also study many high-interest articles that I will use to model the skill of the week. These texts will include topics such as the $2,000 pizza, a self-destructing piece of artwork, and Tuffy, the Bear jumping around in his newfound freedom.
I hope your rising 4th–6th grader will join me in discovering the joy of reading nonfiction.
In class, we use high-interest articles to model the elements of nonfiction. Students use these models as a guide to identifying the same elements in their grade-level texts. Elements included in our seven-week mini-course are text features, text structure, main idea, fact and opinion, and firsthand and secondhand accounts.
Who should enroll?
Rising 4th–6th graders
High speed, broadband Internet
Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures