The Nonfiction Literacy Foundation
We do not need to buy more stuff. We produce results with nothing more than pencil, paper, and nonfiction thinking.
We produce nonfiction literacy and college readiness results now, for this class of students, in the schools we have. We do this by adapting literacy to meet teachers, students, and parents where they are.
We use a 4-step routine that creates a potent combination of Cornell notes and structure analysis to produce: 1) college-level notes, 2) main ideas, 3) summaries, 4) graphic organizers and structure analysis, 5) questions beyond the text, 6) evidence, and 6) clear pre-writing.
The outcomes meet these informational text standards:
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Questions beyond text
Below is an example of school district packages and community packages, but services vary to meet specific needs.
Recommended 75-Minute Sessions adapted as needed.
SCHOOL DISTRICT PACKAGE
For maximum impact, we'll help you develop a training plan for adolescent students, content teachers, and parents.
STUDENT TRAINING: Two sessions should be conducted with students in grades 6-12. Session 1 is an introduction to the 4-step routine. Session 2 is a series of exercises that help student quickly recognize nonfiction structures and the meaning found in the interaction of ideas.
TEACHER TRAINING: Though all teachers should attend, content-area teachers will take a lead role in solving the nonfiction literacy and readiness problem, precisely because of their expertise. Content teachers are taught an approach that can be applied with little fuss to exiting lessons.
PARENT TRAINING: The research is overwhelming that suggests parental involvement in reading at home, even in high school, is one of the most influential variables in achievement. Parents learning this routine are expressing appreciation for giving them the tools and the confidence to support literacy and learning at home.
SESSION 1: Parents are introduced to the 4-Step routine – triggering basic to advanced comprehension
SESSION 2: Students are introduced to the 4-step routine and shown how to increased comprehension and analytic skills
SESSION 3: Students practice identifying nonfiction structures and how they influence meaning and trigger critical thinking.
OPTIONAL SESSION: Argument, or student work analysis
The outcomes meet these standards: