Students will complete a graphic organizer as they read non-fiction.
Let’s face it--even high school students need help when it comes to reading. Many students are not fully engaged when they’re reading. They’re not used to close reading. I sometimes think that they believe passing their eyes over the words constitutes reading! Because students aren’t fully engaged, the result is they’re just skimming the surface. I like to explain it with this analogy: we only see 1/8 of an iceberg, 7/8 is underwater.
One way to help students dive deeper when reading non-fiction texts, in particular, is to have them annotate as they read.Studies show that the action of handwriting notes and annotating helps with comprehension. At the beginning of the school year, when I ask my students to annotate, many look perplexed.They haven’t been tasked with annotating before they get to me. They think annotating is simply underlining and circling just about everything! To help students learn how to annotate and thus read to understand and remember, I devised this graphic organizer.
A Reading to Understand and Remember graphic organizer (best for non-fiction)
Teacher tips and suggestions on how to use this graphic organizer
*Note: I did not supply a rubric for this creative activity. This is in accordance with my educational philosophy as listed in my profile. Sometimes it's good to just let the students create and learn just for education's sake.
keywords: graphic organizer, close reading, annotating, non-fiction, analysis, captivate motivate educate