I get questions about teaching nonfiction ALL THE TIME! Here’s one I received recently:
How do you teach fiction and nonfiction? Do you teach fiction for half of the year and then nonfiction for the second half? Where do you get your nonfiction articles?
I go back and forth between fiction and nonfiction all year! I usually try to pair something nonfiction with any story or novel we read, but I don’t always do it that way.
As far as where I get my nonfiction articles… I’ve discussed Scholastic SCOPE in depth and you already know that I love, love, love my SCOPE! But I know that many of you don’t – or can’t – subscribe to something like that.
But that’s totally fine, especially now that I’ve discovered Tween Tribune. Have you checked this out yet? It is AH-MAZING!
Reasons Why Tween Tribune is Awesome
1. ALL of this stuff is free.
2. Every article is available in FOUR text complexities and the Lexile level is right there for you!
3. Current event articles are constantly being added.
4. There’s an article for just about every topic, making it super easy to pair an article with something fiction you’re reading.
5. You can print the article in multiple Lexiles and BOOM, your classroom is differentiation station.
6. You can set up individual student accounts within the umbrella of your teacher account, assign articles, and students can read and quiz on the article. Then, you get the results in your grade book.
If you’re not using it, why on earth aren’t you!?
It’s perfect for homework readings, extra credit, and just making sure your kids are reading enough and at their target levels.
And if you think it can’t get much better than this, it’s about to!
I created a graphic organizer to use with these Tween Tribune articles. It’s a free download on TpT, and it works with any article.
Want to glue it into your interactive notebooks? Just print at 80% and you’re good to go.