If you are looking for a way to encourage pre-reading and build your students' comprehension of nonfiction texts, this flexible graphic organizer is ready for you to print and use - no prep required! Simply choose any nonfiction article and guide your students through this two-page, easy-to-use handout.
This engaging, visually-appealing graphic organizer helps students to identify key information from a text, isolate important text features, and activate prior knowledge to make authentic predictions about the article.
Additionally, this handout introduces students and teachers to the 4R note-taking strategy, a comprehensive method of keeping students engaged from beginning to end.
With the 4R strategy, students will:
- Read with an eye towards key details and important information
- Retell the article through a short, text-based summary
- Relate the article using text-to-text, self, and/or world connections
- Respond to the article with critical thoughts, questions, and opinions
By holding students accountable to the reading process, teachers can use this activity before, during, and after reading any nonfiction article. It serves as a great formative assessment and a springboard for further class discussion.
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