A Guided Reading Strategy to Support Informational Reading
The Elements of Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt guides students as they preview text and discover a purpose for reading. This strategy helps provide a foundation for teaching students what "good readers do" and can be applied to more complex texts across disciplines.
We believe that any instructional resource needs to fit for students and a specific discipline, so we provide easily editable versions. The examples pictured here illustrate how a Math teacher may adapt the Elements of a Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt for their class. In this example, students are asked to locate information on how to solve a specific math equation (i.e., finding x-intercept in a linear equation) by marking important pages and engaging with a predominantly visual text.
A science teacher may have different challenges. Science textbook chapters can often be lengthy; having students pull out "key headings" may help them interact more personally with the text. These example adaptions of the Elements of Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt required only minor changes. After the strategy has been used, it can then be used as a reference sheet by students throughout the rest of the unit.
How to Adapt the Strategy
"Scavenging" can be a first, relatively easy step in the process of analyzing complex content. Be sure to remind students to include page numbers. Boxes can be enlarged for students with occupational therapy needs and/or difficulty fitting within a text box.
Download the original: Elements of Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt (also has a Math example)
Download the adapted version: Text Treasure Hunt
Ippolito, J., Lawrence, J.F., Zaller, C. (2013) Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core. Harvard Education Press, Cambridge.