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Dead Presidents and Whales: Engaging Students with Nonfiction Text

Donalyn Miller

February 2nd
at Butler University, Reilly Room, Atherton Union


9:00 am-3:00 pm




breakfast, lunch and a certificate for earned professional growth hours

With renewed emphasis on reading nonfiction texts, teachers face a challenge. While many students enjoy (or prefer) nonfiction texts, some express disinterest or avoidance. How can we engage students with nonfiction when students’ past reading experiences may be limited to dry textbooks and research report assignments?

In this session, Donalyn shares instructional moves and conferring tips for engaging students with nonfiction (or any genre they avoid). Session includes a look at newer nonfiction titles, authors, and formats, as well as online resources.

Donalyn is an award-winning teacher, author, and staff development leader known for inspiring readers of all ages. She has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. Learn more about her at www.bookwhisperer.com.

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