#088: How to Begin Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction

Teaching students to read nonfiction is not harder than teaching fiction, it's just a few different strategies that make the difference.

With that said...do you know the nonfiction reading strategy your students really need? Let me just tell you upfront. It's using text features.

If we’re honest, we know most students skip over the text features when reading nonfiction texts. They either don’t know what to do with them or it feels like it’s just one more thing to do or the text features feel disjointed or separate from the text, and students don’t know when to pay attention to them. Well...

I've got a system for that! [Shocking, right?!] 


Are your students confident in using text features when reading nonfiction texts?

There are definite steps to teaching students to read nonfiction effectively. We certainly can't just throw them in and expect students to read and comprehend nonfiction without some guidance on using text features, the structure of the text, and even just where and how to begin.

It seems so simple...your students love sea turtles so you provide them with an age-appropriate text they can actually read and let them go, right? There's so much more to reading nonfiction than that. Text features in a nonfiction text make reading and comprehension easier if you know how to use them but more difficult if you don't. You have to actually introduce your students to text features and their purposes in order for them to fully take advantage of the additional comprehension these features offer.

Listen in to the full episode to find out:
  • When your students should pay attention to text features.
  • What text features are [and aren't].
  • What text features can teach your students about the book or article they are reading.
  • The difference between previewing and studying the features in a nonfiction text.
  • How the features in the text can help your students comprehend their reading better.

Listen to this episode for all the goodness [and don't forget to grab the free Nonfiction Reading Strategies Poster].

 I can't wait for you to get started! 

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