November 13, 2014

Let's Talk About Non-Fiction!

Tomorrow will be our last POTW test for a few weeks. We'll still have a weekly test, but we're going to take a little break from poems and focus our attention on non-fiction articles of the week...NFAOTW-doesn't quite roll of the tongue does it? 

The poems are lots of fun though, so we might end up doing a bit of alternating.  

The photo above shows some of the features of a non-fiction text.  For the tests on Friday, we'll still follow a similar format, only we'll have a few more higher level questions...questions that are in line with *ahem* EQAO(that talk with the class is coming very soon). 

The tests will take the class a little longer to write, but it will be excellent prep for future grades where non-fiction writing is the norm (e.g. short essay answers or reading comprehension questions) 

Just like with the POTW test, we'll review the article and features each day, so come Friday, the students will be very well prepared to write the test.  

It's a good idea to have your child read the article aloud each night, focusing on a few things: 
  • reading with appropriate expression
  • attending to punctuation 
  • focusing on sounding like a news reporter 
  • making sure their oral reading sounds like natural speech
Like last year, I'll likely stick with the non-fiction focus for at least four weeks and then I'll see where we're at, and we'll go from there.  


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