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K-12 Professionals

Comprehending Nonfiction

EDUC 600




Instructor: Judy Kvaale


Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Partner Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

Comprehending nonfiction text is essential for student success in elementary school, middle school, high school, and beyond. This online course provides research-based strategies to improve students' abilities to comprehend nonfiction text in reading and other content areas. At the end of the course, participants will understand why children struggle with informational texts and will acquire a collection of useful strategies to help students successfully read, understand and enjoy nonfiction text.


1.  Develop a research-based rationale for teaching nonfiction reading comprehension strategies.

2.  Understand why students struggle with comprehending nonfiction text.

3.  Acquire a understanding of explicit comprehending strategies relevant to nonfiction text by applying each strategy to an assigned chapter in the book, Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction.

4.  Design an assessment for nonfiction reading.

5.  Complete a Planner for Teaching Key Comprehension Focuses.

6.  Develop 2 lesson plans implementing comprehension strategies into nonfiction units of the curriculum.


Stead, Tony (2006) Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.

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