Tapping the Power of Nonfiction by Lucy Calkins, Katie Clements
Tapping the Power of Nonfiction

Tapping the Power of Nonfiction

By Lucy Calkins, Katie Clements

Nonfiction reading skills are essential to students’ achievement in virtually every academic discipline. To do science, students need to read science books and articles. To study history, they need to be skilled at reading all kinds of primary and secondary sources. When we help students become powerful readers of nonfiction, we help them become powerful learners.

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About the Unit

Nonfiction reading skills are essential to students’ achievement in virtually every academic discipline. To do science, students need to read science books and articles. To study history, they need to be skilled at reading all kinds of primary and secondary sources. When we help students become powerful readers of nonfiction, we help them become powerful learners.

Note: This unit assumes you have a reading workshop up and running in your classroom and that your students have done some work in reading partnerships.

About the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Middle Grades Series

We want our middle grades students to become flexible, resilient readers, we want them to have a toolkit of strategies for dealing with difficulty, and we want them to read broadly and deeply, alert to the intricacies of texts and to the power of language. To accomplish such ambitious goals, we need classroom structures and resources that support this kind of explicit teaching and learning. The reading workshop offers a simple and predictable framework for teaching strategies and for giving students feedback while they are in the midst of the ever-changing, complex reading work they will do across the middle school grades.  

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading series saves teachers hundreds of hours of planning, freeing time for analyzing student work, working with individuals and small groups, and for studying with colleagues. The series provides teachers with the tools and support they need to move students quickly and efficiently toward grade-level expectations, while also helping kids become proficient, lifelong readers.

 

Purchase Recommendation and Options

The Middle School Reading Units of Study are sold as separate units suitable for grades 6-8. Visit UnitsofStudy.com/MSRUOS for suggested sequencing across grade levels. In addition to purchasing your individual units, be sure to order A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades, which offers teachers and administrators a comprehensive guide to conducting reading workshop for middle school students.

Purchasing Options: Choose Tapping the Power of Nonfiction if your library does not already include the read-aloud text referenced in the Unit. If you do not need the trade book pack, purchase Tapping the Power of Nonfiction (as shown here).

Companion Resources

A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades

In addition to purchasing your individual units, be sure to order A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades, which offers teachers and administrators a comprehensive guide to conducting reading workshop for middle school students.

Read-Aloud Text (included in the Trade Book Pack bundle)

Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (ISBN: 978-0-547-75033-0) is recommended as a read-aloud text for this unit. This text is available as part of a bundle with this unit.

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