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Make It Real

Strategies for Success with Informational Texts

In Make It Real, Linda provides a practical, classroom-friendly guide to unlocking the treasures of informational text. What’s more, she demonstrates that reading and writing nonfiction can overcome the gender gap, allowing girls and boys to share intereste in any subject.

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Feeding students a steady diet of fiction is all too common in the classroom. Yet informational literacy is critical to success in school and beyond. In Make It Real, Linda Hoyt provides a practical, classroom-friendly guide to unlocking the treasures of informational text. What's more, she demonstrates that reading and writing nonfiction can overcome the gender gap, allowing girls and boys to share interests in any subject from bugs and magnets to gardens and cake baking.

Hoyt explains the use of a range of instructional strategies, including shared and guided reading and writing, to help students understand and use nonfiction material to answer questions about the world around them. She shows teachers how to make texts more attainable, scaffold vocabulary, and deal with content-specific words. Her simple suggestions help you get started and maintain your course: having students write about the visuals in their texts, infusing informational texts into guided reading, then using these texts to teach reading strategies. For further help, she includes throughout her book:

  • teaching points
  • reading strategies
  • writing exercises
  • checklists, plans, reading logs, and other forms
  • vignettes from teachers across the country to serve as real-life models.

Do a better job linking up the curriculum. Teach skills and strategies applicable across content areas. See students' natural curiosities aroused. Take the tips from Make It Real, teach informational text, and hear comments like one from an enthusiastic first grader, "We're learning about the world and learning how to read, too!"

Contents

Contents:
I. Move Over Fiction
1. Through a New Lens: Informational Text at the Heart of Reading Instruction
2. Read Alouds: Celebrating Informational Texts
3. Shared Reading: Big Books and Overheads on Deck
4. Independent Reading with Informational Texts: Making It Personal
II. Learning to Read AND Reading to Learn
5. Yes They Can! Emergent Readers and Informational Texts
6. Supporting English Language Learners: Building Content Knowledge and Language
7. Teaching Reading Skills with Informational Texts
8. Where's the Door? Finding the Path Through Informational Texts
9. Prereading Strategies: Building Understanding for Content and Vocabulary
10. Taking Time to Wonder: Questioning Strategies to Build Comprehension
11. Love Those Visuals: Photographs, Diagrams, Learning to Love Captions
12. Text Features: It Isn't Just the Words
III. Small-Group Experiences with Informational Texts
13. Guided Reading with Informational Texts
14. Multilevel Theme Sets: Differentiating Instruction
15. Literature Circles with Informational Texts
16. Move Over Guided Reading: Reciprocal Teaching Comes Back
IV. Write All About It
17. Modeled, Shared and Interactive Writing
18. Guided Writing with Nonfiction
19. Research Strategies
20. Investigations

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