RIF: Reading Nonfiction Texts

Target Learning Goals: Students will be able to use text features and graphic aids to analyze and understand a nonfiction text.


  1. Cite textual evidence that supports inferences

  2. Analyze how a text makes connections

  3. Determine Author's Point of View and Purpose

  4. Use context clues to determine the meaning of words and phrases

  5. Verify word meanings using a dictionary

Essential Question: Should US immigration policy be an open door or a higher fence?

Word of the Week:ennui: a feeling of listlessness; lethargy

Quote of the Week: "The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure." Sven Goran Eriksson


tumult - disorderly disturbance

pernicious - extremely harmful or destructive

naturalize - to grant full citizenship to people not born in the country

telecommunications - electronic systems used to send information

perpetual - lasting for a very long time


Warm Up: Week 8 Day 1

Authors' Purpose

A Place to Call Home - Text Features


Warm Up: Week 8 Day 2

A Place to Call Home

Nonfiction Elements p.50


Warm Up: Week 8 Day 3

A Place to Call Home - Critical Vocabulary p.52

The Research Process ppt. and note taking


Warm Up: Week 8 Day 4

Complete Anticipation Guide

Analyze the Text p. 51


Warm Up: Week 8 Day 5

Authors' Purpose

Research Process practice