“This book reminds us why Laura Robb continues to be such an important voice in our field: She looks through kids’ eyes and sees into their futures. Literary conversations don’t just enrich kids days; they offer young people gifts that keep on giving: the ability to take risks, exercise creativity, build empathy, and develop the ability to negotiate.” –from the foreword by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels When you get right down to it, literacy comes down to this: read, talk, write. But as every teacher knows, it can be hard for students to see and use these three moves in concert–until now. In Read, Talk, Write, Laura Robb lays out the classroom structures that create the time and space for students to have productive talk and written discourse about texts. With Laura’s guidance you’ll • Use short texts by Seymour Simon, Kathleen Krull, Priscilla Cummings, and other popular fiction and nonfiction authors to teach students how to analyze and converse about texts • Incorporate six kinds of talk into your instruction, including turn-and-talk, partner talks, and small-group discussions • Use the wealth of in-book and online reproducibles to help students facilitate their own comprehension-building discussions • Select from 35 lessons that address literary elements and devices, text structures, and comprehension strategies, and then use them to launch student-led talk about any text you teach • Help your readers get in a read-talk-write flow, and know how to move from reading to talking to writing, to bring about deeper thinking • Achieve high levels of performance around inferring, comparing and contrasting, summarizing and synthesizing, and other key skills by way of classroom conversations that make these advanced levels the norm
Chapter 7: Going Deeper : How to Analyze Nonfiction
Going Deeper : How to Analyze Nonfiction
Literary conversations using informational texts and biography can lead students to explore meanings that bring depth and excitement to studying nonfiction. In Chapter 3 (pages 62–66) I discuss mining texts for teaching topics and provide templates you can use as you plan. We all have a bank of teaching topics that our schools and districts require, so as I read texts to use for instruction, I’m always considering the type of lesson that would work best with each one. Of course, other lessons can be taught with a text, but there are times when the main focus is apparent. Take Seymour Simon’s “New Horizons for Space”—the entire article builds on the problem-solution ...