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Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}
Each year my grade level orders classroom magazines for our students to use, and each year I struggle with how to make the most out of them. While my students have always really enjoyed reading their magazines, I wanted to make sure that they were learning as much about non-fiction, as they were ab
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Close Reading Toolkit for Informational Text (Nonfiction)
Close Reading is an important, but often difficult skill to teach (and to learn!) This close reading toolkit is designed to work with any informational (nonfiction) text and to address all of the Common Core RI standards. You can use these materials for your entire lesson or to supplement close re
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Text Evidence Tasks: Nonfiction Articles for Finding & Using Text Evidence
Text Evidence Tasks for Grades 4-6: Students read a two-page article on Popular Dog Breeds, the complete Tasks One, Two, & Three: Task One: Doggie Stats - Students must skim the article for text evidence to find specific information for graphic organizer. Task Two: Matching Dogs & Owners - S
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Reading Graphic Organizers Fiction and Non-Fiction Grades 6, 7, 8
Common Core Standards Graphic Organizers for Reading Notebooks Grades 6, 7, 8 - Use with Any Fiction & Informational Texts NEWLY UPDATED! This bundle of organizers has 50 new pages added! Total of 91 organizers, plus 9 bonus pages. EDITABLE ORGANIZERS HERE: Google Drive Literature Graphic Orga
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Close Reading Freebie
Close reading is a big part of the Common Core and an important skill to master. This freebie includes a close reading poster, 3 graphic organizers (one for each read), and a set of 6 "Talk Time" discussion prompt cards. These resources came from my Close Reading Toolkit for Informational Text but
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Sticky Note Bookmarks
Sticky Note Bookmarks Print and laminate the bookmarks {coloured or ink-saving version}. Have your students adhere the small 2"x1.5" sized Post-It Notes in the spaces. As students read a passage, have them fill in things they find important, things they don’t understand, and parts that they like ab
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Non-Fiction Reading Response Choice Board Bundle
These non-fiction reading response choice boards are perfect for Interactive Notebooks, Daily Five, and meet the demands of the CCSS for Informational Text. The prompts encourage students to THINK versus fill out a worksheet or bubble in the answers on a scantron.:) My choice boards are listed indi
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Non - Fiction Reading Response Choice Board {version 1}
With the CCSS emphasizing informational text, this choice board is a perfect way to engage students. Students choose 3 activities to complete making a tic-tac-toe, and then cut out the corresponding cards to glue into their reading notebook. I have two other choice boards with different higher-o
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Informational Text Question Cards for Any Text - Close Reading +
Here are 47 reading response question cards to help deepen your students’ understanding of informational (nonfiction) text. These cards are aligned to the Common Core and many of the cards will work well for close reading. These cards are meant to be used with books and articles that you provide or
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Close Reading: Teacher's Guide to Asking Text-Dependent Questions
This is a handy bookmark to help teachers generate text-dependent questions during a Close Reading lesson. This is not for students! It is simply a tool to help teachers during text-based discussions. Teachers can keep this bookmark/guide handy so that asking a text-based question is quick and easy!
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Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets {Winter Edition}
Perfect for groups with varying needs! Makes differentiated instruction easy! This product contains 15 nonfiction texts (written by me) with a winter theme to target multiple areas of Common Core. Contains 65 pages, absolutely perfect for small language groups or centers! Each passage is written tw
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Reading History & Social Studies Graphic Organizers 6-12
Common Core Reading History and Social Studies Graphic Organizers for Grades 6-12 *Newly Updated* This IS included in the following bundles: • Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8 • Common Core Bundle for Grades 9-12 Do you need to implement the Common Core Standards into your curriculum? These
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Task Cards for History/Social Studies
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for History! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any historical reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relatio
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Common Core: Reading Graphic Organizers for Informational Texts Grades 3-5
Are you looking for a set of graphic organizers to use with any nonfiction text? This is the ultimate set! Look at what teachers have said: "What a treasure chest of choices. Will be using these with my upper grade library students - well done!" "I use these almost daily in my classroom." "I want
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A Student's Guide to Non-Fiction
I created this resource to help introduce my students to the genre of Non-Fiction. It is a Reference Guide for students to refer to when learning about, exploring, and responding to non-fiction texts. It is perfect for students in upper elementary!! This flip book is divided into 4 parts: ➀ Non-Fic
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Teaching Nonfiction Text Features
Here's a pack to teach nonfiction text features in your classroom! Included in this pack are: -Lesson plans for how to teach it -Headers to create a nonfiction text features anchor chart -A student printable student booklet for nonfiction text features -Comparing fiction and nonfiction -Nonfiction v
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Cause and Effect Nonfiction Activity
Cause and Effect Nonfiction Activity: Read Those Labels Aligned with the Common Core State Standards This zipped bundle includes a PDF file including an original nonfiction article about product warning labels and frivolous lawsuits, comprehension questions for cause and effect, teacher's answer ke
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Close Reading Toolbox FREEBIE
This free download includes all of the printable pieces that you will need to make your own Close Reading Toolboxes. Click HERE to visit my blog and learn more about these Close Reading Toolboxes!! Materals Needed: • Plastic Picture Boxes (which can be purchased on Amazon or at most craft stores)
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension Non-Fiction
Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizers, a must have for your Reader's Workshop, Guided Reading and Common Core instruction! This growing resource of engaging reading comprehension graphic organizers can be used with ANY non-fiction text. Perfect for guided reading, paired or independent reading,
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Holocaust Victims Identity Card Activities for ELA, History - CCSS Aligned
Holocaust Victims Identity Card Activities for ELA, History - CCSS Aligned These activities accompany my FREE Holocaust Victims Identity Cards and are designed to help students make a personal connection with the victims of the Holocaust. These activities could be used before a novel study or a his
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Vocabulary
Students will love to learn about new vocabulary words with this center activity. With the roll of a die, students will investigate new words and deepen their understanding. Perfect for workshop, centers, partners, or independent learning. Use with your GLAD science and social studies units.
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Close Reading Passages for Valentine's Day {Grades 4-8}
This close reading resource is designed to be used with students in grades 4-8 and provides many options for differentiation. This resource includes 4 different reading passages (3 fiction and 1 non-fiction). Each passage is written at 3 different reading levels (approximate grades 4-5, 6-7, and 7
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Note-Taking Template for Non-Fiction Texts
Do your students need support with taking effective notes while reading in the content areas? Do they struggle with Cornell notes? Are they visual learners? Are you looking for ways to incorporate non-fiction texts into your English classes? This template can be printed and used with any history
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Life-Size Human Body Activities - Human Body Unit including Digestive System
This Human Body Project BUNDLE combines two of my popular human body resources: the Human Body Systems Lapbook and the bestselling Life-Size, Lift-the-Flap, Human Body Model! Please click HERE and HERE for previews, photos, and details on the two resources included, and to read their ★ 1,000+ 4-s
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Night by Elie Wiesel, Worksheets, HW, Discussion Questions for WW2 Memoir
Use this visually stunning package of chapter-by-chapter questions as you take your class through Elie Wiesel’s compelling true story, Night. As we work to pull more non-fiction materials into our Common Core-aligned classrooms, this autobiographical account of life in inside the Nazi Germany concen
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Close Reading Article Review Questions For Any NonFiction Text
Close Reading Questions: Nonfiction Articles Aligned with the Common Core State Standards Nonfiction articles can be used in any content area. Use the handouts to encourage close reading of the passage or article. May be used with any news, feature, informational, explanatory, argument, opinion, e
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Nonfiction - Central Idea and Writing Summaries {FREE}
Under the Common Core Standards, students must be able to identify a main idea in their reading as early as grade 2. The concept of finding a main or central idea and being able to provide an objective summary of a text continues to be found in each grade, up to grade 12. These easy-to-use graphic o
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Non - Fiction Reading Response Choice Board {version 2}
This Non-Fiction Reading Response Choice Board is perfect for Interactive Notebooks, and meets the demands of the CCSS for Informational Text. The prompts on this choice board encourage students to THINK versus fill out a worksheet or bubble in the answers on a scantron.:) Other choice boards: Gr
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Mentor Text List Aligned With All Common Core Reading Standards
**Updated 8/2/15 with new titles and Lexile levels! This resource includes a list of over 4500 book titles to teach 49 different Common Core literature and informational reading standards. The book titles are organized alphabetically by skill within each literature and informational standard. Lexi
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Ecosystems and Biomes - Lapbook Project & Informational Writing Activity
This resource provides materials for students to create a Biomes Lapbook. Designed with third through sixth graders in mind, this BIOMES resource includes materials for students to use while conducting research using informational texts, as well as materials for the presentation of their final wr
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Interactive Reading Notebook Nonfiction Bundle Common Core Aligned
Common Core Aligned Interactive Reading Notebook for Nonfiction Informational Texts (Grades 6-12) This IS included in my Interactive Reading Notebook Mega Bundle. A YEAR'S WORTH: 105 Common-Core aligned interactive reading foldable activities for secondary students. (Many can be used for 5th grade
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Frederick Douglass, Non-Fiction Activity to use for ANY Novel with Slavery Theme
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a compelling autobiography and provides an honest view of the harshness of life for African-American slaves in the 1800s. Use this 45-minute lesson that includes a slice of Douglass’ narrative to show your students the ugly reality of life in pre-Ci
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Task Cards for Science
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for Science! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any historical reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relatio
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Personal Greed and Sacrifice?
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an article by ac
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Holocaust Victims Identity Cards for ELA, History - Common Core Aligned
Holocaust Victims Identity Cards for ELA, HIstory - Common Core Aligned These identity cards are designed to help students make personal connections with the victims of the Holocaust, and could be used before a novel study or a history lesson. Included: *37 ID cards (Jewish, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnes
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NonFiction Student Worksheet
NONFICTION STUDENT WORKSHEETS My non-fiction student worksheet template is best used with non-fiction books, autobiographies, biographies, articles and fact based texts. It's a great tool to help kids become familiar with nonfiction text and is aligned with the Common Core's section titled Readin
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NonFiction Bingo
Nonfiction Bingo Playing Nonfiction Bingo games helps students learn how to identify nonfiction text features and reinforces the features as they read nonfiction articles and text. Included in this packet are: 4 pages markers 20 different Bingo cards Teacher call out card Student study guide wi
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Summarizing Informational Text Resource Pack
Get your students closely reading, annotating, questioning and writing about Informational Text. This Common Core Aligned Informational Summarizing Resource Pack is appropriate for students in 4th-6th grades. The Common Core emphasizes that students should be immersed in informational text. Th
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Biography in a Bag
Updated 3-22-17! Great way to research biographies and present to classmates in an interesting and engaging way. Promotes deep thinking and creativity. After reading a biography or studying a historical figure students complete this two page document and find household items to symbolize the person
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Mini Lessons for Reading Informational Texts in Middle School
These twenty-three mini lessons will support you as you teach students to gain mastery of Informational Text standards and close reading of nonfiction. You will be able to increase text complexity and student independence by using the mini lesson activities repeatedly throughout the school year w
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Five Non-Fiction Text Types ~ Passages & Organizers ~ Minecraft Style
Non-fiction text types are always difficult for my students to learn. I created this packet as a way to increase student engagement as they learn about the five text types: description, sequence, comparison, cause & effect, and problem & solution. For each of the five text types, there i
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Nonfiction Lapbook Report Project
This project can be completed with nonfiction and informative texts. Students can complete the project using their own independent reading choices, shared reading activities, guided reading activities or even a whole class book or topic study. This resource is the Non-fiction companion to my origi
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Non-Fiction Text Structure
With “Let’s Investigate: Non-Fiction Text Structure” you will teach your students to determine and compare non-fiction text structure through teacher modeling, a variety of student activities, whole class discussions, independent practice, and an assessment that can be used as a formative or summat
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: The Trophy Syndrome (CCSS)
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver non-fiction activity, students will view the commencement speech gi
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Unbroken, Farewell to Manzanar, Compare & Contrast Non-Fiction, Grades 8-12 CCSS
Get teens excited about non-fiction with this two-day lesson featuring a compare-and-contrast of two gripping stories from World War II. First, read an excerpt of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times bestselling biography of Olympic runner and Army Air Corps P.O.W. Louie Zamperini. Then, int
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Main Idea and Summary for Non-fiction
Here is a main idea graphic organizer and summary page for a non-fiction text. This can be used with any non-fiction piece, and can be adapted for fiction as well.
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Schools Want Teens to Sleep In
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver informational text activity, students will read an article by New Y
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Reading Workshop: Navigating Nonfiction in Expository Text
The Reader's Workshop: Navigating Nonfiction in Expository Text is easily adaptable for 3-5. 10 Lessons with connection, teaching point, active engagement, link, and sharing. It includes Common Core Standards, anchor charts, minilessons, booklist, handouts and much more. This product has been ada
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Writing: Spot on Research Report
Common Core Aligned W.3.2, W.3.5, and W.3.9 W.4.2, W.4.5, and W.4.9 W.5.2, W.5.5, and W.5.9 Use this 8 day lesson plan and resources to help teach your students an easier way to write a research paper, informational text. Everything you need is included! *Eight days of plans *Resources and plan
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Close Reading Starter Pack for Grades 3-5 freebie
This pack includes 4 organizers that can be used to Close Read ANY text, 2 close reading bookmarks (symbols & the close reading process), and 12 partner discussion questions. ***************************************************************************** Love Interactive Notebooks, but hate findin
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Non Fiction Test (Text Features and Text Structures)
This is a great test for your non fiction unit. The test includes 33 text feature and text structure questions for your students. Questions include matching, multiple choice, a short text with questions, and identifying text features questions. Two versions are included. The questions are the s
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Depth and Complexity Choice Board (Informational Text)
This choice board features Sandra Kaplan's Depth and Complexity Icons to extend student thinking. Teachers can use this choice board in literature circles, reading groups, Interactive Notebooks, or even for homework instead of a traditional reading log. Included in this listing: - 1 choice boa
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