Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?

Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?
Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?
Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?
Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?
Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?
Nonfiction Mini-Unit: Why Summer Reading?
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Want students to study opposing viewpoints, evaluate a variety of sources, and debate the pros and cons of summer reading?

Use this mini-unit to have some FUN with nonfiction reading AND writing skills! Students are fully scaffolded through all the thinking needed to eventually write a semi-formal essay that uses evidence (and not just their own opinions). This unit is also a good stepping-stone to getting students to think about opposing arguments/counter-arguments, as well as DBQs and evaluating a variety of nonfiction texts.

(Psst – this mini-unit would be great at the end of the year BEFORE you assign summer reading, OR during back to school while discussing their reading and pre-assessing their skills!)

This 16-page download includes…
• An overview/directions page (with an essay rubric)
• A Source Evaluation page, evaluating different media sources with a variety of viewpoints
• A Multiple Viewpoints activity, brainstorming what parents, teachers, booksellers, and others would say about summer reading
• A brainstorming graphic organizer to prep for the essay
• Two sample essays to critique together as a class
• Answer key for all parts
• Hyperlinks to all the needed political cartoons, infographics, and articles*
• Bonus: BOTH the editable version AND the ready-to-print PDF are included!

*NOTE: The ONLY teacher prep is printing the cartoons and articles, since legally, I can only include hyperlinks due to copyright issues. Thanks for your understanding! :)

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