In the Library: Biography & Autobiography

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SWBAT read and comprehend literary nonfiction through independent reading.

Big Idea

Back to the library we go... time for nonfiction!


10 minutes

Before we head to the library today, I hand out a KWL chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned).  Once we're in the library, it's hard to get their attention, so I want to have the assignment explained ahead of time.

Students will define biography and autobiography before we leave the classroom.  I encourage them to use the classroom resources.  I have multiple posters up with the information.  Also, there is a literature text and a dictionary under each chair.

I explain to my students that once they have selected a biography or autobiography, they are gong to fill out the K and W sections of the chart.  They will fill out the L section when they are done reading the book.



Getting Down to Business

35 minutes

In the library, I monitor the types of books my students are choosing.  I make sure I shoo them out of the fiction stacks.  Time for a little reality!

Once everyone has selected a book, or when there are about 10 minutes left in the period, whichever comes first, I will have them all sit down and fill out the K & W sections of the KWL.

Did They Get It?

5 minutes

It's important to collect the KWL for a couple of reasons: First and foremost, you want to make sure that each student did actually select a reading-level appropriate biography or autobiography.  Also, you're going to want to hang on to these to give back to the students in a couple of weeks.  At that time, they will add information to the L section.

At this time I also hand out a reading log.  This time I'm trying something new!

Dialectical Reading Log.docx