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Reading Nonfiction 201: Digging Deeper / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst

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Special Note: In a second Summer 2022 mini-workshop Reading Nonfiction 101: Getting Started with the Signposts and Three Big Questions, Bob and Kylene introduce the Notice and Note Signposts for nonfiction texts. The workshop session focuses on helping teachers new to teaching with the Signposts to understand what they are and how to utilize them with their students. Please choose the workshop level that is best for your professional learning needs.

Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:30am to 12:00pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, August 6, 2022

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


This workshop offers participants a deeper dive into the Nonfiction Signposts, the Three Big Questions, and introduces fix-up strategies that clarify confusions. This is not an introductory workshop, so if you have not read Reading Nonfiction, attended our Nonfiction 101 workshop, or have not been teaching with the Signposts and Three Big Questions, this workshop might not be best for you.

In this workshop, we'll look at each Signpost in depth, paying particular attention to how these Signposts help students think about author's purpose and bias. As we dig deeper with the Three Big Questions, we'll look at how each question can help guide students' own learning. Finally, when students read nonfiction, they need to use fix-up strategies to clarify confusions. We'll specifically look at Syntax Surgery and Genre Reformulation.

Please make sure you have Reading Nonfiction with you during this virtual workshop. We'll refer to specific pages throughout the workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will identify author's purpose and author's bias in texts as they use the Notice and Note Nonfiction Signposts
  • Participants will evaluate the Three Big Questions as guides for self-directed inquiry
  • Participants will learn how to use Syntax Surgery and Genre Reformulation with students

About the Presenters

Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst are educational consultants who work with teachers, students, and districts across the United States and Canada. Both are secondary-certified teachers and former faculty members of universities; Kylene at the University of Houston, and Bob at Georgia State University. They have turned their research into strategies that help all readers, and especially striving readers, to reach their highest potentials. They have coauthored several books including Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies. In addition, Kylene is the author of When Kids Can't Read/What Teachers Can Do and Bob is the author of Responses and Analysis. Both have received national leadership awards, held national positions for educational organizations, and provided many keynotes for national and international groups. Known for their ability to blend their research with practical tools and their long-standing dedication to equity in education, their workshops enlighten and encourage as well as entertain.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades 4-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, social studies and science content specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Tuition Fee (July 1 - December 31, 2022 Events)

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $49.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Note: We encourage group participation; however, we require that each person be registered and provide a unique email address.

Registration Form

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

08/06/2022 - 10:30am-12:00pm ET, Online

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10:30am-12:00pm ET, Online