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Determining Importance

Determining Importance

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Published by: jenom35 on Apr 09, 2011
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Determining Importance
Book List for Determining Importance
The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia RylantMiss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
 The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice RansomWilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Rudi’s Pond by Eve Bunting
The Gardener by Sarah StewartTops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia PolaccoThe Patchwork Quilt by Valerie FlournoyThe Empty Pot by DemiSeveral non-fiction books
Determining Importance in Nonfiction
Anchor Chart of Tips for Reading Nonfiction
Think of facts, questions and responses. Write these down as you read.
Reading nonfiction takes time. You may have to reread to make sure youunderstand.
Reread so you don’t forget what you are reading.
Reading fiction is like watching a movie. Nonfiction is more like a newscastor watching a slide show.
Stop often and ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense.
Important to abbreviate when you take notes.
Think before you write.
Nonfiction reading is reading to learn something.
Determining Importance Tips from
Reading with Meaning 
by Debbie Miller
Determining Importance at a Glance
What’s Key for Kids
Readers distinguish the differences between fiction and nonfiction.
Readers distinguish important from unimportant information in order toidentify key ideas or themes as they read.
Readers use their knowledge of narrative and expository text features tomake predictions about text organization and content.
Readers utilize text features to help them distinguish important fromunimportant information.
Readers use their knowledge of important and relevant parts of text toanswer questions and synthesize text for themselves and others.
Determining Importance Tips from
Strategies That Work by 
Stephanie Harvey
 Chapter 9 Determining Importance in Text: The Nonfiction Connection
{Throughout Stephanie’s education, teachers had
instructed her to highlightthe important parts. But no one had shown her how. She assumed that if the writers of these massive textbooks had written it down, it must beimportant. So she highlighted just about every letter of print. Highlighting ise
asy; determining what to highlight is the challenge (page 117).|
Stephanie Harvey writes, {Determining Importance means picking out the most
important information when you read, to highlight essential ideas, to isolatesupporting details, and to read for specific information. Teachers need tohelp readers sift and sort information, and make decisions about whatinformation they need to remember and what information they can disregard
(page 117).|
{Readers of nonfiction have to decide and remember what is i
mportant in the
texts they read if they are going to learn anything from them. (page 118)|
Debbie Miller says, {We must teach our students what nonfiction is. Teaching
our students that expository text has predictable characteristics andfeatures they can count on before they read allows them to construct
meaning more easily as they read.|
Nonfiction books are organized around specific topics and main ideas
Nonfiction books give you information that is true.
Nonfiction books try to teach you something.
When readers read nonfiction books they make predictions about the kindsof things they expect to learn. They activate their schema and the topicand what they know about the type of text they are about to read.
Nonfiction books have features

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