Workshop 5: Reading for Fun and Information

Working with different types of text helps children as they improve as readers and writers.  In addition to fiction, which uses one type of text structure, nonfiction helps children to learn how to consider factual details, varied sentence length and complexity, and how to write for different purposes. Children need the opportunity to work with many types of text.  This becomes increasingly important as students are asked to read content area texts and to then use the information found in those texts to write reports, perform experiments, or otherwise synthesize information.  Motivation to read is also a consideration.  Some children prefer nonfiction books. Autobiographies of sports players, descriptions of how animals live, and information about different types of jobs, are just a few examples of popular kinds of nonfiction books.

Click here to download the activities and agenda associated with this workshop, in both English and Spanish. In order to access the site you will need the last four digits of the book's ISBN number and the last word on page 129.

This activity will help parents and children identify and understand the different components of nonfiction text. It will also give them the opportunity to practice creating their own nonfiction piece.

Check the Chart
This activity addresses Reading Comprehension, and Written and Oral English Language Conventions by helping children to read and understand information found on a chart. They will also have the opportunity to create their own chart.

Hawaiian Vacation Fantasies
This activity addresses Reading Comprehension by increasing familiarity with answering comprehension questions after reading a nonfiction piece of text.

I’m an Author
This activity addresses Reading Comprehension, Writing Strategies, Writing Applications, and Written and Oral English Language Conventions by reading a piece of nonfiction text and then using key content words to restate the piece in their own words.

What Doesn’t Belong
This activity addresses Reading Comprehension, Listening and Speaking Strategies, Writing Strategies, and Written and Oral English Language Conventions by fostering conversation and discussing details about a story. This activity asks that children identify facts that were, and were not, present in the story.