The activities in this book will invite readers to use the elements of nonfiction as multiple points of view for understanding not only the texts, but how they think about them during various stages of the reading process. The activities in this book will also encourage readers to use the structural dynamics of nonfiction as a basis for connotative understanding and interpretation. This book helps readers learn how to connect the elements of nonfiction into a unified narrative. These activities will help students come to a fuller understanding of the constructive nature of reading. As students engage in the activities in this book, they will learn to move beyond the “limits of their literacy” so that they can discover how to develop more sophisticated understandings of nonfiction writings.
40 activities are included to help build vocabulary development. Activities include: Thinking Through Words and Things; A Writing Pattern; Phonemic Awareness; A Word a Day; Word Sort; Vocabulary Graphic Organizer; Abstract Words; What Makes a Hero; Words in Words, and five patterns of Sentence Building.