The graphic organizers all develop "close reading"--as students analyze a reading and provide "evidence" to support their ideas

--the conclusions they draw about the topic--thereby developing competence for Common Core Reading Anchor Standard 1--

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when

writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Graphic Organizers to Guide and Assess Reading Skills with Nonfiction

All are designed as scaffolds that students then can use to write to explain their learning.

When students write based on their graphic organizer they develop the Common Core explanatory writing competence aligned with this CCSS

Writing Anchor Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately

through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


Constructed Response Organizer

Nonfiction Reading Strategy Pre-Assessment       Graphic Organizer Assessment Rubric

                             Graphic Organizers to Guide/Assess NONFICTION READING


Comprehensive Nonfiction Reading Skills
Identify the topic, main idea, purpose, opinion, and summarize a nonfiction passage

Analyze/Infer Cause-Effect Relations
History     Science     Current Event

Identify/Infer Character Traits
History     Biography     Current Event

Classify and Infer
Science     Social Studies

Classify and Summarize Information
Science     Social Studies

Compare and Contrast
Science     Social Studies

Use Context to Determine the Meaning of an Unknown Word
Science     Social Studies

Dramatize a Situation
History     Current Event

Evaluate Information
Science     Social Studies

Classify Facts and Opinions
Science     Social Studies

History: Draw Conclusions


Identify Important Information When I Read
Science     Social Studies

Illustrate a Text
Science     Social Studies

Make/Explain an Inference
Social Studies

Locate/Classify Information
Science     Social Studies


Bell students exhibit ideas: Which nonfiction text features helped locate facts about polar bears?


Identify, Analyze, Infer the Main Idea
Science     Social Studies

Infer/Analyze the Motive for an Action
History     Biography     Current Events

Organize Information to Explain an Event
History     Current Events

Organize Information to Explain a Topic
Science     Social Studies

Identify Parts of a History

Infer/Support a Prediction
     Current Event

Set a Purpose and Preview a Passage
Science     Social Studies

Ask and Answer Questions about a Topic
Science     Social Studies

Read with Expression
Science     Social Studies

Identify and Infer Relationships
Science     Social Studies

Identify and Analyze Sequence
Science     History     Biography     Current Event

Sequence Actions and Explain Cause-Effect Relations
History     Current Event

Science     Social Studies

Summarize and Synthesize
Science     Social Studies


Wentworth students provide examples of nonfiction text features.


One-Page Nonfiction Passages to Apply Reading Skills

You can use the graphic organizers in this section to guide/assess student nonfiction reading

--including of these one-page passages.

Common Core Constructed Response Organizer

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