Comparing Nonfiction Texts
I was really struggling with how to compare nonfiction texts in my classroom. My kids weren’t enjoying it very much because I hadn’t found engaging enough activities. But last week, I decided to tie in a Post-it activity, and they loved it! I’ll share what I did below.
Story Set #1
My Uncle is a Firefighter- Reading A-Z
A Trip to the Firehouse- Houghton Mifflin
For the first nonfiction text set, I used ‘A Trip to the Firehouse’ from the Houghton Mifflin textbook and ‘My Uncle is a Firefighter’ from Reading A-Z. It is a level P book, so we read it as a whole group.
First, students read ‘A Trip to the Firehouse’ and wrote a fact on a yellow Post-it note. Then, students read ‘My Uncle is a Firefighter’ and wrote a fact from that text on the Post-it note.
Story Set #2
Ants, Ants, and More Ants- Reading A-Z
Ants- Houghton Mifflin
Later on in the week, we did the same activity, but with new texts. Now, text one was Ant from Houghton Mifflin textbook, and text two was Ants, Ants, and More Ants from Reading A-Z.
Same situation! Students write a fact from text one on the green Post-it note and a fact from text two on the yellow Post-it note. This time, however, I drew a Venn diagram. Students were in charge of putting their Post-it notes in the correct spot. If it was only found in text one, it went on the left. If it was only found in text two, it went on the right. However, if they know their fact was found in both texts, they put it in the middle.
Comparing Nonfiction Texts Resources
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