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    By BookMuncher

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    Have you ever read Strategies That Work by Stephanie Harvey? I use her comprehension strategies (also Debbie Miller's, but Harvey's book is for your age group) in the content areas. In particular, her chapter on determining what's important would really help you. I've done a non-fiction conventions study with my kids. We took a day or two on each of the conventions. With first grade, I only covered: bold words, titles and subtitles, comparisons, and table of contents. There are lots and lots more though. If kids are very aware of them, and have studied them in depth, then they are more likely to have a plan of attack when reading any non-fiction text.

    Also, have you ever heard of/used the text mapping strategy? It is SOOOO cool! I haven't actually seen any books on it, but this one guys has a really extensive website on it that walks you through it, how it is used, and when to use it. It is much better for upper elementary than primary. The website is:

    http://www.textmapping.org/index.html

    Have fun! :cool:

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