Who doesn't love a good story? Everyone is a fan of fiction – from historical to science. We have to face the facts, however: as children get older, more and more of what they read isn't fiction. Traditionally, an area of concern for students taking the ISTEP across Indiana is evaluating and interpreting nonfiction texts.
East Tipp teachers are attempting to do something about this.
The seventh grade team is kicking off the school year with a closer look at the features of nonfiction. Mr. Hofmann's English classes focus on this genre of text with their first book report of the year – a report that keys in on interpreting and analyzing the features of nonfiction. Mrs. Ware adds a unit of how to break down nonfiction material with her look on the Cornell note-taking method. Mrs. Mart and Mr. Mogan give students ample practice time in evaluating content area-specific material for key ideas.
We're doing what we can to help your children work with informational texts more efficiently in the future. Nonfiction may not be glamorous, but it's a necessity!