Synthesising From a Nonfiction Text

Today we are going to work on synthesising. When we synthesise, we use determining importance and summarising to be able to add to or change our thinking about a topic, character or text.

For the next two weeks we are focusing on synthesising from a nonfiction text.

We need to be able to synthesise to show we understand what we read and so we learn about the topics within out texts.

To show that we have been successful at synthesising, we are going to complete the following about the texts we read:



Before reading I think…

After reading I now think…

The Darkling Beetle: Determining Importance

Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetles belong to the family Tenebrionidae. They are a family of beetles found worldwide, estimated at more than 20,000 species.

Many of the beetles are black. Darkling beetles eat both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents and lizards.

The larval stages of several species are cultured as feeder insects for captive insectivores and include the very commonly known ‘mealworms’ and ‘superworms’ and the lesser-known ‘mini mealworms’. Mealworms are commonly used as feed for reptiles, fish and birds and are so easy to find from supply companies.

Mealworms can be grown in a wooden box or box eight to ten inches deep. They grow best in a container with large surface areas. The sides should be smooth to prevent them from escaping. The mealworms are mostly nocturnal and prefer a dark environment. Some sand may be provided at the bottom.


Below are reading texts that your reading group will read and answer the questions in your reading response book. While reading, use your comprehension skills to understand the text and try and determine the most important pieces of information. When you answer the questions in your book, remember to write neatly, write a title, SL1S and answer the questions in clear sentences.

Reading Groups 2, 3 & 4

Reading Groups 5 & 6

Turn it into a question.

To understand different nonfiction texts we are using some quick strategies to focus on the text to try and understand what we are reading. Last week we used the PEEK strategy to determine importance and this week we are going to use the titles and questions to focus our reading.

To do this, we need to read the headings and then ask a question from the heading. The questions we ask will focus our reading, because we will need to try and find and answer in the text.

To do this, I have prepared a triple entry journal for us to practise together based on this nonfiction text on ants.

Herald Sun Reading Comprehension

For reading today you will need to read a Herald Sun article. Read the text carefully and use the comprehension strategies to help you understand the text and any words you find challenging.

Once you have completed the text, write a title and SL1S in your book and answer the questions.

Week 10 Read Alouds

This week we are going to focus on making inference from fables (traditional stories). When we make inferences we must use clues in the text to think deeper and gain a greater understanding about characters, setting and the plot.

We will begin the week by completing a response together and finish the week by completing an independent response to one of the fables.

As we read, we will also try to clarify the meaning of any words that we do not understand.

Monday Read Aloud (The Frogs and the Ox)

Wednesday Read Aloud (The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse)\

Thursday Read Aloud (The Fox and the Grapes)


Mitch Vane – Illustrator

Next week we are lucky enough to have illustrator Mitch Vane visit our school. She is going to talk to the Middle Unit on Monday.

Before she comes, it is important that we learn a little bit about her. Mitch has written a little autobiography about herself. We will read it and think about the writing structure she has used, along with any powerful words.


Story Box