Planes: National Geographic Readers
written by Amy Shields
(National Geographic Society) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
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Planes is a nonfiction early reader that will fit well in a tub dedicated to books about transportation. This book would be a good example to use for teaching about different genres under the nonfiction umbrella. You don't have to start reading an informational text (like Planes) at the beginning as opposed to a narrative like a biography. Planes has several short sections with information about different aspects of planes including size, use, and speed. For example, the Antonov 225 can hold 80 cars in its belly and is the biggest plane ever made. You could teach contrast by comparing the aircraft Antonov with the 8 1/2 foot Bumblebee II which is the smallest plane. A good question to ask students would be "What is the purpose of each of these planes?" Since Planes is full of facts, you could also use it to teach fact and opinion. I could also see using Planes to teach how to chart information from a text. You could list the different modes of transportation and write about their use in a parallel cell. Perhaps the most interesting section of the book is the information about the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise. It carries 70 airplanes and those planes land on a deck that is 20 stories above the ocean. Planes is a series of short bursts of facts which will appeal to young readers who like to become experts in different subjects.