Fiction is often the predominant genre in today’s reading classroom. This session is designed to support teachers’ ability to Embed Nonfiction, that is, to strategically select, adapt, and pair nonfiction texts within the study of a core fictional text. Embedding Nonfiction gives students the advantage of reading more nonfiction, better by deepening their understanding of both the nonfiction and fiction they read, while building and expanding critical background knowledge.
The session includes examples and practice primarily for ELA teachers, but the concepts and principles are valuable for teachers of other subject areas, especially those that emphasize literacy and knowledge building.
Through analysis of master teachers’ approaches and targeted practice, participants in the session will develop understanding and strengthen skills with:
- Selecting and adapting engaging texts for Embedding
- Leveraging synergies between texts through questioning
- Approaching embedding in both daily lesson and unit planning
Our goal is for you to save time that you would otherwise spend creating a PD session from scratch and dive deep into the small concrete actions that advance your teachers’ skills from good to great. The Plug and Play provides you with:
✓ A fully customizable PowerPoint presentation with embedded videos of Embedding Nonfiction in action
✓ Facilitator notes for what to say and do for each slide
✓ 5 video clips, with detailed analysis of each clip
✓ Carefully designed practice activities
✓ Prioritized success points for coaching teachers on Embedding Nonfiction
✓ Participant Handouts for interactive note taking and a supplementary materials packet with sample lesson plans and texts
✓ Next steps to ensure what is learned in the session carries over to classrooms
100 Level: No Prerequisites
This module can be used by any school. It does not require leader experience with or school-wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.