Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.5: Books that Tell Stories and Books that Give Information}

Another Wednesday....another Reader Ready post!  


We are here today to talk about RL 1.5; understanding the differences between fiction and nonfiction.


The "Reader Ready" anchor chart we use for this standard is Checking for Text Type.   We explain that it is important to get your "brain ready" for the type of text you'll be reading - if you're reading fiction, be ready to pay close attention to the characters and the storyline, if you're reading nonfiction, be ready to play close attention to the facts and information given. 

{Checking for Text Type: a reader gets their brain ready to read...we think about the type of text we are reading}


This is an anchor chart we leave hanging once we've taught the two main text types; fiction and nonfiction.  We add post it notes with explanations of why certain books belong in the fiction or nonfiction category.  As with most of our Reader Ready anchor charts, the post it notes are written and added by the students so they can take ownership of it.  This anchor chart can be used for 1 book or multiple books (which is how we use it).  We generally add words after read alouds, but also during Guided Reading as needed.


During Guided Reading, we provide practice with identifying the text type as well.  This is a graphic organizer that requires students to identify three reasons the book is either fiction or nonfiction.  They also have to tell a reason the book is not the other text type.



For this standard, we use our RL 1.5 Print a Standard pack.  Our Print a Standard packs each include over 10 activities. The activities can be done whole group, small group, or independently.  They are also great for assessments and homework.  With all of our Print a Standard packs, we use formats that are easy to use but engaging to the students.  


Some of our favorite read alouds for RL 1.5 (our favorite nonfiction series for the primary grades):





See you in 2 weeks!  



2 comments:

  1. Thank you! I look forward to these posts- simple, meaningful and well done!

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  2. Thanks so much, Melissa! We often wonder these days if people read blogs anymore so it's nice to hear that there are people interested in what we have to say. :)

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