A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences: The Classroom Essentials Series | The Civil War and Reconstruction: Short Nonfiction for American History | Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5 | The Wild Robot | Westward Expansion | The Reading Strategies Book | The American Revolution and Constitution
-Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis
To support cross-curricular strategy instruction and close reading for information, Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis have expanded their Toolkit Texts series to include a library of short nonfiction for American history with 10 all-new Toolkit lessons.
Building on selections from popular children's magazines as well as original articles, these engaging, age-appropriate texts will keep your active literacy classroom awash in historical resources that depict the controversies, issues, and dramas that shaped historical events, including the exploits of lesser-known individuals.
These short nonfiction texts for American history include:
- 10 comprehension strategy lessons for close reading in content literacy.
- Short nonfiction articles on a wide range of topics and at a variety of reading levels.
( 45 articles in Colonial Times and 52 articles in The American Revolution and Constitution )
- A bank of historical images, primary source documents and artifacts, plus primary source documents and artifacts bibliographies, web sites, and ideas for online investigations.
- A Digital Companion Resource provides all of the texts, primary source documents, and the image bank in a full-color digital format so you can display them for group analysis.
|1||Read and Annotate: Stop, think, and react using a variety of strategies to understand|
|2||Annotate Images: Expand understanding and learning from visuals|
|3||Build Background to Understand a Primary Source: Read and paraphrase secondary sources to create a context for a topic|
|4||Read and Analyze a Primary Source: Focus on what you know and ask questions to clarify and explain|
|5||Compare Perspectives: Explore the different life experiences of historical figures|
|6||Read Critically: Consider point of view and bias|
|7||Organize Historical Thinking: Create a question web|
|8||Read with a Question in Mind: Focus on central ideas|
|9||Surface Common Themes: Infer the big ideas across several texts|
|10||Synthesize Information to Argue a Point: Use claim, evidence, and reasoning|
The CCSS and other state standards expect that children will read a variety of texts on a common topic and synthesize the ideas and information.
|These short nonfiction texts were selected using the following criteria:|
|Interest/Content||Because kids love the quirky and the unexpected, these texts highlight important but often lesser-known or unrecognized perspectives and voices from the past.|
|Visual literacy||Since visual literacy is an essential 21st-century skill, these texts include historical images, paintings, and maps, as well as diagrams, timelines, charts, and photographs.|
|Writing quality and accuracy||To foster student engagement, these articles feature vibrant language in an active voice supported by a rich assortment of visual features.|
|Reading level/complexity||These texts are written at a range of reading levels and include a wide variety of topics to capture the interests of all readers.|
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