Reading non-fiction in the classroom is on the rise due to the increased emphasis on non-fiction reading and analysis in Common Core. Common Core emphasizes that it is an important skill for college and career readiness since that is what adults are reading and analyzing for work. However, in the past children were typically exposed to reading primarily fiction stories in school. To create non-fiction connections, you can look to popular magazines like Hightlights, National Geographic for Kids, or Zoobooks. In addition, with this push for exposure to non-fiction reading, there are a lot of new non-fiction picture books that on the market.
To help build text-to-self and text-to-world connections with reading non-fiction books at home, you can look for museums, activities, and events to make connections for your child. Instead of using the event or activity as a post-reading event, you can always switch the order and make it a pre-reading event to help them to build their background knowledge, especially if it is on a topic for which they are not familiar. For example, if they were to read the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl which takes place during the holocaust, you may want to take your child to a local monument or museum that covers Jewish history or the Holocaust prior to reading the book. If you don’t live in an area that has such a place, you can always visit a child-friendly website that covers the history like the United States Holocaust Memorial site for students.
What non-fiction books are you reading and building connections to with your children at home? Check back later this week for our final post in this series about making reading real with historical fiction.
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