Upcoming Reading Unit of Study: Tapping the Power of Nonfiction
Tapping the Power of Nonfiction
Nonfiction reading skills are essential to students’ achievement in virtually every academic discipline. To do science, students need to read science books and articles. To study history, they need to be skilled at reading all kinds of primary and secondary sources. When we help students become powerful readers of nonfiction, we help them become powerful learners.
Across this unit, students will develop a solid set of nonfiction reading skills including:
- discerning central ideas
- summarizing to create a concise version of a text
- synthesizing within and across texts
- building vocabulary
- and reading critically to question an author’s point of view and perspective
Upcoming Writing Unit of Study: Writing About Reading From Reader's Notebooks to Companion Books
The next writing workshop unit for 8th grade will give writers a chance to expand their skills as literary analysts and information writers while enjoying every second of it! In this unit, writers will first spend time getting stronger at writing about reading in their notebooks, crafting pages of entries that are more thoughtful and more interesting than what they might typically produce. After that, they’ll produce companion books to go alongside a novel they love. The companion book genre is a new one to many teachers, but it is definitely a growing genre that is fascinating to kids and adults, as well as one that offers the chance to refine information writing skills and write for an authentic audience.
Across this unit, students will develop a solid set of information writing skills including:
- Writing arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
- Using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of a text
- Using words and phrases to create cohesion & clarify relationships among ideas
- Introducing a topic clearly and concisely, previewing what is to follow
- Providing a concluding statement or section that supports the topic
- Writing informative texts to analyze relevant content
- Developing and strengthening writing by planning, revising, editing, & rewriting
- Drawing evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, & research.