Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

With the emphasis on incorporating more nonfiction in language arts classes the question arises about how to design activities that motivate kids to engage with informational text. How about an assignment that asks class members to conduct a research project using The Great Idea Finder site. Groups investigate inventions and create a timeline that places these innovations in context.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups select an invention to add to a timeline kept from year to year
Classroom Considerations

  • Lists information about inventions, inventors, and myths 
Pros

  • The resource includes the lesson plan, worksheets, and answer keys
Cons

  • None
Common Core