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Nonfiction Mondays at Samuel Morey!!

Over the summer all teachers read Finding the Heart of Nonfiction by Georgia Heard. Every Monday each class will be engaged in a nonfiction reading lesson and adventure. During in-service week teachers discussed how they would utilize the teaching strategies in this book. One each month during professional development time teachers will share their lessons and discuss ways to
help students read and write content rich nonfiction.

Why this school-wide emphasis on nonfiction reading and writing? The new common core does call for
a 50-50 balance between informational and literary reading. More importantly is that nonfiction texts support students in developing knowledge about the world. And...students love nonfiction texts. Nonfiction books today are filled with metaphors, similes, personification, beautiful writing and amazing photographs or illustrations. What an engaging way to learn new information.

Nonfiction texts also serve as mentors for writing. When students learn to write from writers, they shift the way they usually read. They put on the lens of a writer that will teach them how to do their best writing.

When your child comes home from school on Mondays, ask him/her, "What nonfiction book did you read today?"