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Reading Comprehension of Nonfiction Texts - Chapter Summary
This chapter goes over various components of teaching the reading comprehension of nonfiction as well as instructional tools to keep in mind, looking at each of the following topics:
- Defining nonfiction and understanding it as a literary form
- Methods of teaching reading and writing across areas of content
- The role of structure and organization in comprehending nonfiction
- Promoting comprehension of informational texts
- Interpreting informational texts
- Applying ideas found in a passage
- Differentiating fact and opinion
- Analyzing graphics in persuasive and functional texts
You can use the practice quizzes accompanying each lesson to confirm your grasp of the material before continuing. These quizzes can be taken and re-taken at your discretion and are also available to be printed as worksheets for further offline study.
1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
2. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples
Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.
3. Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing Across Content Areas
Students are required to read and write in most subject areas. How can teachers support this? This lesson discusses strategies that promote writing and reading comprehension in all content areas.
4. Structure & Organization in Nonfiction Reading Comprehension
Teaching students to effectively read nonfiction is important but can pose particular challenges. This lesson will give you some ideas about how to use structure and organization to assist students who are learning how to read nonfiction.
5. Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts
Reading and comprehending informational texts is an important skill for students. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use to support student comprehension of these texts.
6. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
7. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
8. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts
A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.
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- Teaching Phonemic & Phonological Awareness
- Concepts of Print
- Phonics & Fluency
- Word Analysis & Vocabulary for Developing Readers
- Building Reading Comprehension & Literacy
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- Specialized Skills for the Reading Professional
- Leadership & Professional Development for Reading Specialists
- The Reading Education Community
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