Monday, February 15, 2016

Teaching Nonfiction Reading Strategies: One Pager

My students has had a fabulous time learning about the Statue of Liberty. In fact, my friend who cuts my hair told me that some of my students came into her beauty shop telling her all about the information they had learned about the Statue of Liberty! Now that makes me want to turn a cartwheel to know that my students were so excited to share what they had learned, they had to share it with the beautician!

The week long lesson that I used was a part of Discovery Education. (Now, I am NOT being paid or even asked to endorse Discovery Ed, but I personally think this is worth sharing!) My school system had Discovery Ed about 10 years ago, but unfortunately, budget cuts forced us to drop it. This year, we have it again, and I have just learned about the Discovery Ed reading lessons that are aligned with Common Core Standards. These lessons are fabulous, and my students had a wonderful time learning! If your school has Discovery Ed, these reading lessons are worth checking out. Because of copyright, I cannot share the lessons from Discovery Ed., but I added my own wrap-up to the week long lesson that I can share with you.



To end our week-long study on the Statue of Liberty, I pulled a book off of my shelf to share with my students. Some of the facts in the book were new, while many of the facts reviewed the information that they had already learned.
 
 
 
Before I read the book, I simply had the students to draw a T chart in their reading journals and label the left side "Information I Already Learned" and "New Information." As I read the book and they wrote the information they heard in the correct column. I paused at the end of each page to give them time to write. (Sorry, I forgot to take a pic of someone's journal. Although, this was nothing fancy, but it served its purpose.)
 
 
Next, I instructed students that they would take the information they had written down to create a "One Pager." A One Pager is a great "After" reading strategy and is a great way to evaluate student learning. For this one pager I required:
  1. a picture
  2. Two questions about the Statue of Liberty with answers
  3. Three Facts
  4. One Opinion or Connection about the Statue of Liberty.
  5. One Symbol
I was so impressed with the results, and the students loved sharing everything that they had learned.
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
A "One Pager" is a great "After" reading strategy that your students will enjoy, and can be used with just about any nonfiction lesson that you have been studying. One Pagers also make a wonderful final assessment. 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!