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Notice and Note Nonfiction Signposts: FREE Resources

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
When I read Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst a few years ago, I was spellbound. In that first signpost book, they explained how teachers can introduce six signposts to their students that will guide them in identifying and analyzing meaningful moments in fiction literature. I was such a huge fan of that book that I wrote a blog post about it and created a handful of free supplemental resources for teachers who had also read the book and wanted to implement the strategies into their instruction. (Click here to read the post that focuses on the six fiction signposts.)

At that time, I vowed to read their new nonfiction signpost book as soon as I had a chance, and to create supplemental free materials to accompany that book, as well. Needless to say, it took me a whole lot longer to get this done than I originally planned. Thanks to the teachers who emailed me over the past few years asking about these... a few weeks ago, I finally decided to make reading Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies a priority! (I don't know about you, but for me, when it comes to reading professional books, I can always seem to think of something else that I "need" to do before I can make time to sit down and read the book.)

As I anticipated, I was very impressed with their nonfiction signpost book. I am convinced that teaching these signposts will result in students who go beyond a "read-once-and-discuss" approach, and they will acquire a much deeper understanding of that nonfiction text than their peers who are not exposed to these signposts.
FREE Notice and Note Nonfiction Posters and Task Cards! This blog post includes resources and passages to supplement the strategies outlined in the book Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note by Beers and Probst.


Click on the image below (which includes an Amazon affiliate link) to check out the book. It is divided into four parts. Part 1 focuses on issues to consider when teaching students to read nonfiction. It includes research findings and addresses many challenges faced by teachers and students alike.
Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies by Beers and Probst: This blog post contains free supplemental classroom resources to accompany these strategies!

Part 2 focuses on the importance of stance. The authors share three Big Questions that encourage an attentive stance when it comes to reading nonfiction:

  • What surprised me?
  • What did the author think I already knew?
  • What challenged, changed, or confirmed what I already knew?


Part 3 focuses on the five signposts. This is my favorite part, as it contains 5 well-crafted classroom-tested lessons that you can use to introduce the nonfiction signposts to your students.

  

Finally, Part 4 contains a treasure trove of seven unique strategies that students can use when reading nonfiction gets tough. Some of these were strategies that I have used with students many times in the past (like KWL 2.0), but the authors included some insightful thoughts on how to best use the strategies with nonfiction texts. Others were almost totally new to me (like Genre Reformulation).

If you decide to read the book and introduce these nonfiction signposts to your students, feel free to download the posters and task cards I created. (Just click here or on the cover image below to download them!) My intention is for the task cards to be used as a review activity after all of the signposts have been individually introduced.
FREE Notice and Note Nonfiction Posters and Task Cards! This blog post includes resources and passages to supplement the strategies outlined in the book Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note by Beers and Probst.

I included an answer sheet, but please remember that the answers shown are only possible answers. As long as students write a plausible answer that refers back to the text, I would most likely accept it as correct. 

FREE Notice and Note Nonfiction Posters and Task Cards! These FREE resources and passages are designed to supplement the strategies outlined in the book Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note by Beers and Probst.

I would love to hear about your experience with introducing signposts to your students. Feel free to comment below. Thanks for stopping by!



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FREE Notice and Note Nonfiction Posters and Task Cards! This blog post includes resources and passages to supplement the strategies outlined in the book Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note by Beers and Probst.

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