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1 Crafting and Presenting Engaging Non-Fiction Text Using digital tools to enhance an inquiry approach to teaching non- fiction reading and writing

2 Background and Resources

3 The Inquiry Approach  Starts with student’s questions- Study leads to answers and more questions.  Content is the outcome of study not the starting point.  Depth not coverage (exceeding standards)  Grounded in authentic processes and products  Teacher’s role is to facilitate learning not to transmit knowledge Harvey and Daniels (2009)

4 Sunflower Seeds: Shared Mini-Inquiry

5 Publishing with Draw and Tell

6 I Wonder Books: Small Group Mini-inquiry iDiary for Kids



9 Bat Inquiry Project: In-depth Shared Inquiry Project

10 Common Core State Standards: Informational Reading  Key Ideas and Details  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3  Craft and Structure  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4 Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.5  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.6  Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.8Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.8  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9 Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9  Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10 With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10

11 Reading Strategies Taught  Activate background knowledge  Listen to your inner voice  Think and wonder about images  Use text features to gain information  Annotate text  Ask questions and wonder about info.  Stop, think and react  Read with a question in mind. Harvey and Goudvis (2007)

12 Research Strategies Taught  Choosing a researchable question(s)  Exploring and using multiple sources  Books  Magazines  Websites  Videos  Ask an expert  Observe  Letting go of misconceptions  Organizing findings Harvey and Daniels (2009)

13 Publishing with Popplet

14 Alligators: Shared Inquiry Project

15 Collaboration Strategies Taught  Turn and talk  Stop, discuss and record  Build on others ideas  Disagree agreeably


17 Teaching a New App (all about me videos)  Explore: no direction  Activity: project with no academic goals  Application: Assigned use with defined academic goal.  Choice: App is one of several options to chose from for students’ purposes

18 School Now and Long Ago: Individual Curricular Inquiry

19 Severe Weather Safety Small Group Curricular Inquiry

20 Open Inquiry: Individual In-depth Inquiry Project  Immersion/close study of non-fiction texts  Selection of mentor texts  Selection of topics  Teacher gathers resources  Research and write  Publish

21  Text Types and Purposes:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2  Production and Distribution of Writing:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.5With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.5  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6  Research to Build and Present Knowledge:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.7Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of "how-to" books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.7  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.8With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.8 Common Core State Standards: Informational Writing







28 Publish using Book Creator

29 Thank you! Questions and Comments

30 References Harvey, Stephanie. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8. York, Me.: Stenhouse Publishers, 1998. Harvey, Stephanie, Anne Goudvis, Strategies That Work Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement. Portland, Me.; Markham, Ont.: Stenhouse Publishers; Pembroke Publishers, 2007. Harvey, Stephanie, Daniels, Harvey, Inquiry Circles in Action: Comprehension and Collaboration. Portsmouth, NH, 2009. Miller, Debbie. Reading With Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades. Stenhouse Publishers, 2002. Ray, Katie Wood. About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004.

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