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Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank, The: Grades 4-8

  • Title:The Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank, Grades 4-8: Strategies and Routines for Higher-Level Comprehension in the Content Areas
  • Author:Nancy Akhavan
  • Publication Date:February 2014
  • Grade Level:4-8
  • ISBN:9781452286501
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

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 The 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.

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Author Bio

Nancy Akhavan is a sought after author and speaker who works with teachers and leaders across the U.S. Nationally, Nancy provides professional development and consulting to organizations, schools and school districts. She coaches school leaders and leadership teams to develop effective instructional practices focused on student achievement, to create systems for organizational effectiveness in management and to create coherence within school districts and schools. She has also provided professional development to school and district leaders on leadership, literacy and equity and has helped hundreds of teachers in their classrooms.

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