Independent Reading During Non-Fiction Unit

Reading Mini-Lessons:

Lesson 1: Point of view. How point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text. How an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text. Text to self connections.
Lesson 2: Summarizing plot: Summarizing How To Write a Summary The difference between summary and paraphrase: Summary & Paraphrase
Lesson 3:Author’s craft, plot structure. How and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. Text to text connections
Lesson 4: What is the story really about? Theme. Supporting a theme with evidence.
Lesson 5: Retelling a story through the angle of theme. Tell Story with an Angle
Lesson 6: Finding and testing a thesis statement (Calkins ch. 7)
Lesson 7: Using Lists as Evidence
Lesson 8:Using quotes to support arguments

Lesson 9Examples of Increasingly Advanced Textual ReferencesIndenting Long Quotations
Lesson 10: Compare and contrast books.
Lesson 11: Text to world connections
Lesson 12: Conclusion paragraphs PPT
Lesson 13: Use of figurative language to create mood, and tone. Paying Attention to Author’s Craft Rewrite the sentence without the figurative language. What does that do?

Some possible book titles for partner reads/ book club reads: 

* Indicates books for which there aren’t multiple copies (that I know of) though you could check the library for more than one copy

Alabama Moon*
Anne Franke’s Diary*
Article 5 (check library for a copy)
Book Thief (check library for a copy)
Boy in the Striped Pajamas (check library for a copy)
Breadwinner* (check library for a copy)
Breaking Stalin’s Nose (check library for a copy)
China’s Son
Chinese Cinderella
Clay Marble
Crispin* (check library for a copy)
Divergent (check library for a copy)
Dog in Wood (check library for a copy)
The Endless Steppe
The Giver
Hunger Games (check library for a copy)
*I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, Josh Lieb
If We Survive
Inside Out and Back Again (check library for a copy)
*The Kid Who Ran for President, Dan Gutman
The King of Anatolia*, Megan Whalen Turner
Kiss the Dust
Little Piece of Ground
*Lord of the Flies, William Golding (check library for a copy)
Mao’s Last Dancer
My Own Revolution (check library for a copy)
The Notorious Benedict Arnold (check library for a copy)
Number the Stars (check library for a copy)
Ordinary Magic
A Pitch in Time
Red Scarf Girl
Rice Without Rain
Shadow Children: Among the Hidden (check library for a copy)
Sold (check library for a copy)
A Stone in the Hand
Snow Falling in Spring
A Thunderous Whisper
*Trash, Andy Mulligan (check library for a copy)
When Rain Clouds Gather
Year of Impossible Goodbyes

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