Unit 2: Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction

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:

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