Reading Workshop Unit 2: Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction
The reading strategies we focused on during this unit were:
- When we first start a nonfiction book, we should take a sneak peek – look at the cover of the book, the title, the author, and skim through a few of the pages.
- We stop and study each page, looking at the pictures, labels, diagrams, fun facts, and maps.
- We think about what might come next.
- We chat about the page or the book; asking questions as we read.
- We strive to read with a smooth and lively voice. Our reading voice should match the feelings of the text. For example, if we are reading about a snake catching its prey, we could read with a suspenseful voice.
- We find and think about keywords as we read.
We also learned about all the nonfiction conventions (text features) such as:
Table of Contents
photographs, captions, and labels
charts or tables
special fonts and types of print
Strategies good readers use to tackle difficult words: