Help Your Child Read and Comprehend Non-Fiction

Encourage your children to select both fiction and non-fiction text to read this summer. Text = book, magazine, cereal box, guide, map, graphic novel, encyclopedia, Internet, and so on. Read my specific non-fiction book recommendations from the first part of 2011.

But, non-fiction reading is harder for most children than reading fiction simply due to lack of practice. Keep that in mind when you’re choosing reading materials. It takes practice with the text structure and vocabulary of non-fiction text to proficiently comprehend.

Here are some important things your child needs to know and practice when reading non-fiction text.

Word Attack Skills

Text Structure Skills

Non Fiction Reading Strategies – Before, During and After

Connect Reading to Writing

Most of the time we ask children to write non-fiction but don’t connect to real non-fiction examples. Take one of your child’s favorite texts to use as a model, pick a similar topic, and imitate the style of that favorite non-fiction book. All writers use models, or mentor text, to become better writers and learn a new technique or style. It’s not only okay to use mentor text, it’s an important, if not essential, way to grow as a writer.
How do you set goals and encourage reflection?