4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text

4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text
4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text
4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text
4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text
4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text
4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction or Informational Text
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I have a great system for helping students pre-read poetry. It's four steps, straightforward, and easy to use and remember. You can read about it here or download the resource here.

However, I also wanted to have an equally powerful system for pre-reading and annotating nonfiction and informational texts. That's where this resource was born! With the boggling variety of nonfiction and informational texts in mind, I designed a simple 4-step system to help students approach ANY nonfiction or informational text. Each step is designed to help students break down a text so it becomes less intimidating. These steps work to empower students to take ownership of a text. In addition, each step sets students up for quality annotations and close reading.

Because all my classes are different, the way I present these steps varies from group to group, so you have lots of options in this resource. All of these items are ready to print and use!

-use the blank notes page to set up lecture

-print and hand out the completed pages as review

-give students the bookmarks as a tool for annotation

-use the last and largest handout as an anchor chart

Pairs well with 30 Research and Informational Text Task Cards!

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-"Speech at the Virginia Convention" Questions, Prompts, and SOAPSTone Analysis

-"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" SOAPSTone Analysis and Reading Questions

Keep in touch and get more great ideas at My Blog Moore English, On Instagram, On Pinterest, and On Twitter.

Read more about poetry annotations on Moore English. Check out these posts:

-How to Introduce a New Text

-4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Poem

-4 Steps to Pre-Read ANY Nonfiction of Informational Text

-How to Teach Text Features: Strategies for Student Success

-15 Places to Find New, High-Quality Texts for Your Classroom

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Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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