Layered Curriculum for Nonfiction unit

Paul Moellering
Lake Forest Country Day School

Name ____________________________   Date: _________

Each student must complete the needed number of points at each level.  These projects must be kept together, but they can be reviewed separately at anytime. 

C level activities: Must have at least 40 points

1. Oral read a nonfiction book to a friend. – 10 points

2. Listen and take notes of one of Mr. Moellering’s lectures – 10 points

3. Find a Nonfiction book and explain to friend the visual clues that tell you it is a nonfiction book – 5 points

4.  Make a book list or chart of books that fit into the different nonfiction categories: Description, Temporal Sequence, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, and Problem and Solution.  There should be five books in each category.  A book might be present in multiple categories - 20 points

5. Make flash cards defining the meaning of the nonfiction visual clues and different nonfiction categories – index, caption, glossary, table of contents, title page, Description, Temporal Sequence, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, and Problem and Solution.  – 15 points

6. Make a poster – reporting some of the interesting facts you learned from a nonfiction book.  – 5 points

7.  Write a page, every-line letter to your friends about the book, sharing your thoughts. Read the letter to the class.  10 points.

8.  Write a rhyme or poem to help you remember the visual clues of a nonfiction book.   – 5 points

9.  Think of a topic -  Find as many nonfiction books about that topic as you can.  Use my library and the school library.  Write the topic and all the titles on a piece of paper – 5 points

10.  Read a nonfiction book quietly to yourself – 5 points

B level activities - 20 points

1. Find two books about the same topic -  Create a Venn Diagram showing the similarities and differences between the two books – 10 points

2.   Read and orally present a book to the class or a small group.  Tell us what it is about.  Why you liked or disliked it.  Tell us any interesting facts you found.  This should be short – 5 minutes of talk time.  You need to be able to field questions about your book.   -  10 points

3.  Read a nonfiction book and create 10 questions you could ask to test the comprehension of another student who read the book.  10 points

4. Make flash cards of at least ten new words you encountered in the book. Put the word on one side, the definition and the word used in context on the other side. 10 points

A level activities: 20 points needed

1.  Write an Essay explaining to me your three favorite reference books and why – 20 points

2.  Read a nonfiction book -  Write an essay explaining three reasons you liked or disliked the book.   – 20 points

3.  You are an author, and you are writing a nonfiction book.  Write a letter to a publisher giving her three reasons why the company should print your nonfiction book. – 20 points