One in a million. Yes, that’s how rare it is to have so many write-about-reading strategies so beautifully put to use. Each year Leslie Blauman guides her students to become highly skilled at supporting their thinking about texts, and in Evidence-Based Writing: Nonfiction, she shares her win-win process. Leslie combed the ELA standards and all her favorite books and built a lesson structure you can use in two ways: with an entire text or with just the excerpts she’s included in the book. Addressing Evidence, Relationships, Main Idea, Point of View, Visuals, Words and Structure, each section includes: Lessons you can use as teacher demonstrations or for guided practice, with Best the Test tips on how to authentically teach the skills that show up on exams with the texts you teach. Prompt Pages serve as handy references, giving students the key questions to ask themselves as they read any text and consider how an author’s meaning and structure combine. Excerpts-to-Write About Pages feature carefully selected passages from current biographies, informational books, and articles on the topics you teach and questions that require students to discover a text’s literal and deeper meanings. Write-About-Reading Templates scaffold students to think about a text efficiently by focusing on its critical craft elements or text structure demands and help them rehearse for more extensive responses. Writing Tasks invite students to transform their notes into a more developed paragraph or essay with sufficiently challenging tasks geared for grades 6-8. And best of all, your students gain a confidence in responding to complex texts and ideas that will serve them well in school, on tests, and in any situation when they are asked: What are you basing that on? Show me how you know.

Determine Multiple Ideas in a Text

Determine Multiple Ideas in a Text

Author’s Purpose: Often the central idea or message in a nonfiction text expresses an author’s purpose—the passion behind why the writer has taken the time to write the piece. An author may want to save an endangered species; describe an event in history to persuade readers to a particular point of view; debunk current misconceptions about a topic; use facts to describe something; and so on.

Multiple Ideas: Exemplary nonfiction writers make complex subjects understandable for a wide readership. Complex subjects are inherently made up of many, sometimes competing, forces or ideas. For example, a book on new disease epidemics might address deforestation and other changes in human and animal habitats—political, economic, and cultural ...

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