Reading Nonfiction - It's Not the Same as Reading Fiction

Your preparation for class:

1. Go to

2. Search for the article called "World's Largest Marsupial". If that does not work, you may search for "Finding Importance" and look for the article entitled "The World's Largest Marsupial".

3. Listen carefully as the reader shows the best way to approach reading this informational article.
There are four key ideas she is using to guide her through the text. The first is looking for purpose. Why am I reading the article?
Write down the other three so you have all four.

4. Write down any questions you have or things you may not understand about this article.
Use this form to note your questions. If you have them, others probably do as well. Be brave and state your questions as clearly as possible.

5. Come to class ready to apply and practice this skill......

and to find out what happens to Guy de Massaupant!

( I will check for questions tonight and prepare clarifications. This may take place in a whole group setting, or on an individual or small group basis, depending on the questions. The goal would be for partners to read informational text examples handed out by me, and practice the skills from the video. Peers provide accountability.
The goal is individual improvement in using skills necessary to read and understand informational text.)

At that same time we are working with informational text, we are studying several of Guy de Maupassant's short stories. Thus the title, "The Piece of String".
I told the class I would finish his biographical information of the informational text will do that for them.

Everyone will do that article and have their choice of one of two others that will be available. One has social studies content and one is an article on concussions in kids.