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The Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank, Grades 4-8

Strategies and Routines for Higher-Level Comprehension in the Content Areas
By: Nancy Akhavan

Foreword by Jennifer Serravallo

If you consider the number of lessons, reproducibles, and ready-to-use informational texts in this book, that alone is reason enough to rely on it as your number-one resource.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452286501
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 320
  • Publication date: March 04, 2014

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Every once in a while—and not often enough—a professional book comes along that has such a profound impact on your classroom practice you’re left wondering how you were able to survive so long without it.

It’s about to happen again: that “where-have-you-been-all-my-life” feeling. With Nancy Akhavan’s Nonfiction NOW Lesson Bank.

What exactly makes this book such a stand-out? Instead of talking around the Common Core—or around what it means to read nonfiction well—it gets to the heart of showing you just how to teach content-area texts for slower, deeper, and more purposeful reading and understanding.

If you consider the number of lessons, reproducibles, and ready-to-use informational texts, that alone is a pretty hefty sum of resources to transform teaching. But Nancy happens to be an educator who has performed many roles over her career so she divests in this book just about everything in her professional vault, presenting a whole-new vision for your nonfiction instruction.

Step by step—and before, during, and after reading—The Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank provides:

  • 50 powerhouse lessons on teaching nonfiction, including five on close reading
  • A bank of short informational texts to use with lessons
  • Student practice activities on everything from scanning features to writing about reading
  • Graphic organizers for taming textbooks
  • The Daily Duo sequence for weekly lesson and unit planning

Some professional books live their lives on shelves. The Nonfiction NOW Lesson Bank will live its life in actual use: dog-eared, sticky-noted, and loved.

A former teacher, staff developer, principal, and assistant superintendent, Nancy Akhavan is currently Assistant Professor and Single Subject Credential Coordinator at California State University, Fresno. Her areas of expertise are broad—literacy, reading and writing instruction, content-based reading instruction, standards-based instruction, English language learners, and leadership—in both urban and rural settings.

“When you read this book what shines through is: Nancy is a teacher. Only a teacher would know that this is just-the-right book for teachers, right now. Right now, with the pressures to help kids read more and more complex texts, Akhavan has a solution that is sensible. . . . Now, just as it’s always been, it’s about comprehension.”
—Jennifer Serravallo, Author of The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook

Key features

  • Reproducible graphic organizers
  • Teach educators how to use textbooks in an engaging and meaningful way
  • Includes graphics to engage the reader and help busy teachers implement suggestions quickly and easily
  • Chapters laid out in a block fashion making it easier for the reader to explore and read the organizer presented
  • Features a mix of textbook examples, trade book texts, and informational text provided


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Nancy Akhavan

Dr. Nancy Akhavan has spent more than 30 years as an educator and consultant. Her work focuses on student support through literacy instruction and intervention, English Language Development, leadership development and organizational systems to increase student achievement. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Fresno State. She is the founder of Nancy Akhavan Consulting, Inc. Dr. Akhavan has been a bilingual teacher, principal of three schools, and a district administrator of a large urban district for ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science and World Languages. She also served as Assistant Superintendent Secondary Division in a large urban school district. Dr. Akhavan is recognized for her expertise in teaching literacy practices and has published twelve books that focus on instruction that increases student achievement, and has worked with districts and county offices in multiple states and internationally to increase student achievement in reading, writing, and in content areas.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jennifer Serravallo


Part I. The "Now" Factor of Nonfiction Reading

Chapter 1. Yes, We Are Asking More of Our Nonfiction Readers

Chapter 2. Model It: Four Lessons for Introducing Close Reading

Chapter 3. Taming the Textbook: Strategies for Helping Students Handle These Tomes

Chapter 4. The Key Strategies for Deep Reading Nonfiction

Part II. The Daily Duo

Chapter 5. The Daily Duo: A Sequence That Promotes Student Reading and Writing to Learn

Chapter 6. The Daily Layout of Teaching Nonfiction

Chapter 7. Planning Instruction for Student Success

Part III. The Lessons and Texts

Lessons for Getting Main Idea by Understanding Text Structures

Prereading and Think-Aloud Lessons for Main Idea and Details

Lessons That Support Students While Reading for Main Idea and Details

After-Reading Engagements: Exploring the Main Ideas and Details in Texts

Summarizing to Comprehend

Understanding Key Vocabulary

Writing About Reading

Appendix: The Ready-to-Use Texts

Reproducible Forms


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Price: $39.95
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