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Published by: Ally Elizabeth Shinar on Apr 03, 2012
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Day 1: Exploring Nonfiction
In this lesson, the students:
Hear and discuss expository nonfiction
Explore how information is organized and presented in nonfiction
Comprehend information read from a nonfiction book
Explore and write about things that interest them
Introduce Nonficiton
Show the covers of
Water Dance, Can it Rain Cats and Dogs 
?, and
Musical Instruments from A to Z 
. Remind the students that they heard these examples of nonfiction earlier inthe year.Ask and Discuss:What type of information was presented in those books?What do you think you know about nonfiction?(Create chart on whiteboard and list student responses)NONFICTION
Possible student responses may include
:“Nonfiction is real.”“Nonfiction is about true things.”“You can learn facts from nonfiction.”“Nonfiction is NOT a made up story.”“An example of nonfiction writing is a newspaper or our textbooks.”Point out that nonfiction writers present true information on topics in a way that helpsreaders become interested in and curious about them as well. Explain that in the coming
weeks the students will learn how to write in interesting ways on topics they are curiousabout.
Read Parts of
I Wonder Why the Sun Rises 
Show the cover of
I Wonder Why the Sun Rises 
and read the title and author’s namealoud. Explain that I will read parts of the book aloud, and invite the students to thinkabout how the author gives information in the book. Also have students think aboutsomething new they have learned from what I read.Show the table of contents. Discuss what the table of contents is and how it is helpful forreaders. Read some of the chapter headings aloud and have students tell me where Ican find that chapter in the book. Read pages 4-11 (including the captions) aloud slowlyand clearly, showing the illustrations and clarifying vocabulary as I read.Make sure to have students point out interesting text features that are displayed on thepages I am reading aloud to them. Discuss with students what these text features arefor and how they can helpful in regards to comprehending nonfiction writing.As a small group, select a few more questions from the “Contents” page and read thosechapters aloud.
Discuss the Story and Generate Nonfiction Topics
Ask and Discuss;What did you find interesting about the Earth and seasons?What is something new that you learned?Use “Think, Pair, Share” to have students first think about and then discuss:
If you were going to write a book like this one called I Wonder Why the Sun Rises, what might you write about? 

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