Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  



Reading non-fiction texts teaches children the lifelong skill of analyzing a text in order to gain information. The introduction of non-fiction texts at an early age familiarizes young children with the structure of expository and informational texts they will encounter throughout their lives. A well rounded English program that exposes children to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts facilitates the exploration of personal interests, as well as an overall appreciation for reading. When selecting non-fiction texts, it is important to allow children to follow their natural curiosities (West Bloomfield Township Public Library, 2015).


The follow lessons highlight note-taking strategies that can help children organize and ingest the information contained in a non-fiction text. While the focus of the lessons centers around the socio-economic class system, race relations, common practices of the judicial system, and moral codes of small Southern towns during the 1930’s, the note-taking strategies can be applied to any non-fiction text.