Presentation on theme: "In today’s session we will: Get ready to read by thinking about what you know about a topic and setting a purpose for reading. Learn how to use text features."— Presentation transcript:
In today’s session we will: Get ready to read by thinking about what you know about a topic and setting a purpose for reading. Learn how to use text features to help you get ready to read an informational text. Ask and answer questions you develop to help you learn about the topic you are reading. Discover how much we read informational text every day.
Between 50 and 80 percent of all standardized tests students take will be an informative-type text. By sixth grade, more than 50 percent of reading in school is going to be informational text. Most of what adults read on and off the job is informational text (Venezky, 2000). We need to prepare students for the kinds of reading expected in both college and the workplace. Why Are We Focusing on Informational Text?
Fiction Used to entertain us. Has a beginning, middle, end of the story, has a setting, plot, characters, etc. Read from front to back When answering questions about the story, you could say: “I think he is going to do this because…..” What’s the Difference between Fiction and Informational Text? Informational Text Used to inform/let us know about … Has text features that guide us when reading information about the subject Can read one chapter, anywhere you want to start usually (how to…) When answering questions about the text, you need to find the exact answer that can be found in the content you just read.
Informational texts include all kinds of nonfiction. We read informational texts to: Increase our knowledge about a topic. Understand how things work and why things happen.
Think about what you know about the subject BEFORE you start reading. Set a purpose for reading the chapter, book, or article. Students can also set their own purpose for reading. Let’s Get Started
1.Use the informational text book you selected and locate the Thinking Guide handout. 2.Think about what you may already know about the topic you have chosen. Write down two or three things you already know or think you know. 3.Look at the What I Want to Know column. Write down two or three things you want to know more about as you read the book. What to do before you start reading..
Diagram IndexAppendixCaptions Graphs Charts Tables Introduction Preface Text Box Sidebars Illustrations Key Words or Guide Words Text Features Table of Contents Bold Print Titles & Headings Glossary Maps Timelines
Choose any chapter in your informational text book. Locate the Titles & Subheadings handout Use the Title and Subheadings to create questions about the text. Go back into the text to find the EXACT answers to the questions you created. Practice Using Titles & Subheadings
Share Your Answers Choose a partner/pair at your table and share both your questions and your answers with your partner/pair.
Seek & Find Text Features 1.Let’s use your informational text book again. 2.Locate the “Informational Text Features” handout. 3.Look at the “Informational Text Features” sheet and check off all the text features you find in your informational text book. 4.When you are looking through the text features, look for a fact you did not know and share that fact and its location with your tablemates.
Share the Fact You Did Not Know Share a fact that you did not know with your tablemates and tell them where you found that information in the book.
What have you learned? 1.Go back to your Thinking Guide handout. 2.Look back at what you knew about the topic you have explored and what you wanted to know as well. Did you learn more about your topic? 3.Go to the what I learned section and write down three new things you learned as you looked at the text features found in your book.
Pair/Share Share your findings with a partner at your table.
What to Do When You Are Stuck! Do you understand what you just read? If you don’t go back into the text and ask questions. – What do I already know about this topic? – How can the text features help me understand what I am reading? – Am I using the glossary to help me with the new vocabulary words? – Do I need to reread some of these pages? – Can I turn titles into headings to ask myself questions I can answer about what I just read?
What if Your Text Doesn’t Have a Text Feature that You Need? Examples: Table of Contents Glossary Timeline Index Key Words/Guide Words Titles/Headings
Read several articles and/or books on the same subject so that you will be able to learn more about the topic. Think about why the author wrote this kind of book. When you read about a topic written by more than one author, you learn how authors can think differently about a topic. Always Look For Different Points of View
Additional Resources to Use 3-2-1 Strategy Chart Text Feature Notes 10 Tips for Reading Nonfiction with Your Child