As we are transitioning into the Common Core Curriculum, we are concentrating more on non-fiction text. In addition to our anthology and novels, I love to incorporate magazines such as Scholastic News and National Geographic into my lessons. My students love the high-interest articles in their “very own” magazine.
Scholastic News Interactive, in combination with your print magazines, allows students of various learning styles and reading levels to be engaged simultaneously in the magazine’s content. This is an easy way to incorporate technology and differentiate your lesson.
With Text-to-Talk audio support and an alternate-level cover story in every issue, it is a powerful tool to support small group, differentiated reading in your classroom. For example, you might set up small groups as follows:
· One group reads the print magazines independently.
· One group reads the print magazines with you.
· A third group reads the cover story on a classroom computer, using the Text-to-Talk feature for added support.
· The fourth group reads the alternate-level version of the cover story (written at about 100 Lexile points below the original) on a classroom computer.
What type of non-fiction materials do you use in your class? I would love to hear from you.