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Reading: Nonfiction

Nonfiction Reading Strategies that Boost Comprehension


Based on the research by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, and an on-going staff development training with the Bainbridge Island School District teachers, Barry Hoonan will share dynamic informational reading strategies that have been successful in boosting reading comprehension and increased students reading on non-fiction materials. In this active workshop, participants will learn:

  • how to create student developed anchor charts that reveal how good readers read
  • how to use think aloud demonstrations in examining critical text
  • how students use post-its, journal entries, charts and notes to keep track of their own thinking
  • how to apply thoughtful non-fiction reading responses that involve writing, drawing, and drama
  • how to help readers understand the role of text features and text structures in informational text.
  • how to help readers gain a critically literate stance while reading nonfiction.


Presented by: Barry Hoonan



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Teaching Reading in Content Area Classrooms
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Make it Real for Vets: Expanding the Vision
Making it Happen: Teaching Children to Read and Comprehend Nonfiction (K-6)
Teaching Children to Read and Comprehend Nonfiction (K-6)
Making Reading/Writing Connections in Expository Texts
Exploring Expository Texts: Structures and Features
How Do You Connect Poetry with the Content Areas? (K-8)
Can You Really Integrate Non-Fiction as Easy as ABC, 123? (K-8)
Teaching Kids to Comprehend Informational Text: Strategies for Success
Content Area Literacy for Today's Youth
Bridging the Gap Between Fiction and Non-fiction
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