• Select a School
  • Language
Admin

Nothing But Novels

Nothing But Novels

ISBE Standards

  • 1B3a: Preview reading materials, make predictions and relate reading to information from other sources.
    • Preview reading materials, make predictions, and relate reading to information from other sources across content and literary areas
    • Devise personal reading strategies to improve comprehension and fluency
    • Select and justify reading strategies to improve comprehension
  • 1B3b: Identify text structures and create a visual representation to use while reading.
    • Visual representations, i.e. organizers, outlines, storyboards, charts
  • 1B3c: Continuously check and clarify for understanding.
    • Evaluate understanding by comparing and contrasting to other readings
    • Do various exercises of reading comprehension strategies including predicting, questioning, forming vocabulary schemas and responding to text.
    • Respond verbally and written to critical thinking questions about assignment reading selections
  • 1B3d: Read age-appropriate material with fluency and accuracy
    • Read age appropriate material with fluency
  • 1C3a: Use information to form, explain and support questions and predictions.
    • Interpret written material by forming questions and predictions
    • Use information to form, explain and support questions and predictions
  • 1C3b: Interpret and analyze entire narrative text using story elements, point of view and theme.
    • Analyze various text using story maps and graphic organizers
    • Interpret and analyze entire narrative text for story elements
  • 1C3c: Compare, contrast and evaluate ideas and information from various sources and genre.
    • Compare and contrast various selections for different and common ideas, themes, and topics
  • 1C3d: Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate them to the purpose of the material.
    • Paraphrase and summarize
  • 1C3e: Compare how authors and illustrators use text and art across materials to express their ideas (e.g. foreshadowing, flashbacks, color, strong verbs, language that inspires)
    • Identify and recognize the author's use of literary devices and illustrations to enhance comprehension
    • Discriminate how authors, artists and illustrators use text and art across materials to express their ideas

Strategies

This is a reading comprehension course versus a literature course.

We are teaching the overt skills of reading comprehension keeping in mind our ESL student population.

Strategy programs such as Guided Reading® can be useful.

Time Frame:

20 minutes SSR
20 minutes mini-lesson
20 minutes working on project

Resources and Materials

-Books can be found through EPS Library and the SPL Library.

-Please be sure to discuss your book choices with the core LA teachers so you do have use a core class novel

-Teacher Workroom in Enrichment are many ideas

-Guiding Readers and Writers by Fountas and Pinnell

-Book Marks that list the skills good readers naturally use

-The Star Test® ZPD scores/ San Diego Quick Assessment

-Post-its for marking skill integration