Monday, October 19, 2020

Resources for Educators: Nonfiction Read Alouds


More and more, teachers are requesting educational resources that go beyond traditional teachers guides and activity sheets. So while I do still have those kinds of materials on my website, I’m also offering resources that delve deeply into the nonfiction reading and writing process from an author’s point of view. 

Some of these resources focus on books I’ve written and describe various stages of my creative process in detail, while others provide more general information  and highlight books written by a wide variety of nonfiction authors.  

On Mondays this year, I’m going to be sharing some of these resources and providing ideas for how they might be used in the classroom. Today, I’m going to focus on Nonfiction Read Alouds.

When it comes to read alouds, most teachers turn to fiction, but nonfiction read alouds can be just as powerful. If you read a book to students every day, I recommend selecting a nonfiction title twice a week. Because narrative nonfiction has so much in common with fiction, I suggest focusing more attention on expository titles.

When I talk to teachers who are hesitant to read nonfiction aloud, I hear the same three questions over and over: 

—How do I locate appropriate nonfiction titles?

—How do I read nonfiction aloud in a way that engages students?
—How do I encourage and facilitate student responses to a nonfiction read aloud?
The resources on this page of my website address these excellent questions. You’ll also find 50 recommended titles—25 have an expository writing style, and 25 have a narrative writing style.

This page also includes Read Alouds Guides that can assist you in sharing 15 of my books with your students. 

You may also want to try the Sibert Smackdown and March Madness Nonfiction, two fun activities that can be done with your class or even with your whole school. 

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