Reading Interactive Notebook: Nonfiction Text Activities

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Nonfiction Reading Interactive Notebooks for Nonfiction Text - Common Core Aligned Grades 4-8

This reading interactive notebook is the nonfiction (informational text) companion for my TpT top seller Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks.

This is the *original* Interactive Reading Notebooks for Informational Text! Over 32,000 copies sold!


After learning about interactive notebooks two summers ago, I resolved to use this technique for every concept I taught to my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature students. Now that I’ve used this in my classroom for over a year, I have compiled all of my interactive notebooking lessons for teaching nonfiction text strategies here.

You will find that all of the lessons and pages in my notebooks are truly interactive, not just worksheets to color and glue into notebooks.

Each of the 14 lessons includes a photo of the finished product, teacher’s notes, detailed teacher’s instructions (with many photos), and student pages (templates). You will find that all of the information needed to begin teaching these concepts is in here. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers that require hours of research and prep time - I have included all of that information for you! I have also included a version of each template that is blank so you can adapt when necessary.

I’ve included the Common Core alignment for Reading Informational Text for grades 4-8 and included that in the preview file as well.

In the preview you file, you will also find a table of contents and several sample pages.

Here is what’s included:

Lesson 1: Main Idea & Supporting Details: Understanding the Terms

Lesson 2: Main Idea & Supporting Details: Organizing & Outlining

Lesson 3: Summarizing Informational Text

Lesson 4: Author's Purpose (3-Purpose Version, Persuade, Inform, Entertain)

Lesson 5: Author's Purpose (5-Purpose Version, Persuade, Inform, Entertain, Explain, Describe)

Lesson 6: Nonfiction Text Structures (Overview)

Lesson 7: Description (In-Depth Study of This Nonfiction Text Structure)

Lesson 8: Compare & Contrast (In-Depth Study of This Nonfiction Text Structure)

Lesson 9: Order & Sequence (In-Depth Study of This Nonfiction Text Structure)

Lesson 10: Problem & Solution (In-Depth Study of This Nonfiction Text Structure)

Lesson 11: Cause & Effect (In-Depth Study of This Nonfiction Text Structure)

Lesson 12: Primary & Secondary Sources

Lesson 13: Nonfiction Text Features

Lesson 14: Persuasion Techniques

For each lesson, I have included original nonfiction passages that teach each skill. There are 14 original nonfiction passages included so you will not need to go out and find text for your students to study with each lesson. Some lessons also include links to other nonfiction articles that can also be used with the lesson. When linking to outside articles, I have included answer keys so that all of the work and research is done for you!

Everything that you see in the preview thumbnail pictures is included in this notebook, ready to teach in your classroom right away.

I've also added a PowerPoint file that includes ALL of the blank templates from this notebook in a format that you can edit digitally. If you are reasonably fluent in PowerPoint and know how to add text boxes and insert images, you can easily edit any template for use in your own classroom.

This resource is now part of an interactive notebook bundle. Find the bundle here.

*UPDATE 2/15/16* I've updated this ENTIRE file with fresh new fonts and graphics, as well as added HOW-TO VIDEOS for every 3D template! Show the videos to your students as part of the lesson, or watch them yourself as you prepare to teach each activity.

**UPDATE** 12/16/13 - TEKS alignment added to the end of this document.

This product download is a ZIP file that will extract a folder that contains 2 files. The first file is the entire Interactive Reading Informational Text Notebook in a PDF format that is ready to print and use. The second file is a PowerPoint file that includes all of the blank templates from each lesson/activity that you can edit digitally to suit your own classroom needs.

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Find More Passages for Annotating (with KEYS!) here:

Informational Text CLOSE READING Passage Pack for Interactive Notebooks 4-8

More Interactive Notebooks for ELA:

Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks ~ Literary Elements for Common Core 4-8

Interactive Grammar Notebooks ~ Grammar & Mechanics for Common Core Grades 4-8

Interactive Literature Circles for Grades 4-8

Interactive Poetry Notebooks: Poetry Elements for Common Core Grades 4-8+

Interactive Research Papers & Essays for Common Core Writing Grades 3-8

Interactive Writing Notebooks ~ Sentences & Paragraphs for Common Core 3-8

Reading Literature Graphic Organizers for Common Core 4-8 Reading Response

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.


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