Sunday, October 2, 2016

NonFiction Text Four Important Facts

It's not unusual for students to have difficulty identifying the most important facts when they read nonfiction text.

Large group work 

I distribute a one page article or some other nonfiction text  to the large group and have them read it aloud. After each paragraph is read, I stop them and ask if there are any important facts within that particular paragraph. We discuss the answers that volunteers offer and I write them on the board.

Small group work

After they've practiced in the large group, I have them get into small groups and ask each group to work on one particular article or nonfiction text in order to find four most important facts. 

During the time they work in small groups, I ask them to discuss and brainstorm the text. I also tell them they can all use the same facts on their sheets, as long as they all agree about which ones are the most important. (A great tactile strategy is to use highlighters to highlight the most important facts).

Once we're finished the small group work, we get back into the large group.  I have one volunteer from each group summarize the article or text they read and then have others in the group read the facts they chose. As each fact is read,  I have the "audience" do a "thumbs up" if they think the fact is VERY important. 

The more practice the better!

Download this free worksheet by clicking on the cover!

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photo of nonfiction four main facts free PDF work page by Teacher Park
                                                 Nonfiction Four Important Facts Worksheet


  1. I like the nonfiction ideas. Saying hello from the giveaway at A Teacher's Treasure.

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    1. Thanks April! Thanks for stopping by! Nonfiction is a HUGE topic around the country. I designed this for heterogenous reading groups so that all learners will be successful finding four main facts. Isn't the giveaway at A Teacher's Treasure great? :)

  2. I have just discovered your blog from A Teacher's Treasure giveaway. I'm your newest follower.
    First Class Teacher

    1. Hi Pamela! I'm so sorry I'm late in replying to your comment. I've been having a hard time getting the reply button to work on blogger. :( thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following me! I love A Teacher's Treasure Giveaway!

  3. Great ideas! Thanks so much! Stopping by from Mor's giveaway!


    1. Hi Allie! Thank so much for stopping by! I'm having trouble getting the reply box to work on blogger so I'm sorry I haven't responded until now. Mor's giveaway was fantastic! She's so nice to feature us!

  4. Thanks for stopping by! I'll check out your blog!!