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Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction (RAN) Chart

This support material is incorporated into critical challenges at grade 6, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.

The following document can be adapted and re-saved for your needs.

RAN Chart Word
This graphic organizer helps students record and build on prior knowledge as they work through inquiries and the research process. To use this chart, students:

  • record existing understandings (What I Think I Know)
  • confirm existing knowledge based on evidence from research (Confirmed or Yes, You Were Right)
  • identify and address misconceptions based on research (Misconceptions)
  • record new information gathered (New Information)
  • propose new questions or wonderings that arise during the inquiry (Wonderings).

The chart may be completed as a whole-group, small-group or an individual activity. Use of sticky notes to record ideas facilitates the movement of recorded ideas across the categories in the chart.


From Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction K-5 by Tony Stead, copyright 2004, with permission of Stenhouse Publishers.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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