Nonfiction Reading

Nonfiction Reading Programme S1-S3

Nonfiction reading


  1. To enable junior students to adopt nonfiction reading strategies
Level Contents
S1 Lesson 1 THIEVES
Lesson 2 Listen to your Inner Voice
Lesson 3 Word Attack Strategies
Lesson 4 Turn it into a Question
Lesson 5 Visualizing
Lesson 6 Questioning the Text
Lesson 7 Making Inferences
Lesson 8 Making Connections
S2 Lesson 9 What do I want to know?: KWL
Lesson 10 Text Structure 1: Descriptive
Lesson 11 Text Structure 2: Compare and Contrast
Lesson 12 Text Structure 3: Sequential or Chronological
Lesson 13 Text Structure 4: Cause and Effect
Lesson 14 Text Structure 5: Problem and Solution
Theme Biographies – Leadership
S3 Lesson 15 Critical Reading: Questions Posing
Lesson 16 Critical Reading: Challenging the Text
Lesson 17 Critical Reading in Cyberspace


  1. To develop the metacognitive strategies of goal setting and self-evaluation

Students set yearly goals at the beginning of an academic year and short-term goals at approximately two-month intervals.  They monitor and evaluate their reading progress at the end of each phase and at the end of the year.


  1. To promote learner autonomy through the provision of choice

Students can decide how much they read, what books to read and what reader response to make.  Slightly over 50 nonfiction books in Chinese and English are made available in the class library, but students can read books from elsewhere.  They can do oral book sharing with their reading teacher, peers and through a lunch-time oral book sharing activity.  They can also choose to do a written task from more than 15 tasks available.


Sample Student Work

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Nonfiction reading Sample student work 1A
Nonfiction reading Sample student work 1B
Nonfiction reading Sample student work 2A
Nonfiction reading Sample student work 2B


Nonfiction reading Sample student work 3A
Sample student work 3B
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