Category Archives: Informational Text

Increasing Students’ Engagement with Complex Texts

If you have been looking for informational texts for elementary students, the following free resource might help. FYI for Kids is a collection of magazine articles to increases “students’ engagement and proficiency with complex text.” The digital collection features a menu … Continue reading

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Common Core Lesson Demonstrations

As part of the NBC Education Nation 2013 Summit, a Common Core Teacher Institute was included to demonstrate Common Core lessons for ELA/literacy and math. Viewers can watch and download a 2nd grade read-aloud lesson—When Charlie McButton Lost Power; a … Continue reading

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Getting Kids Hooked on Non-Fiction Books

“Building knowledge is building literacy.” Robert Pondiscio is quoted as saying in  Holly Korbey’s article profiling rich non-fiction titles. Apart from making the case for having students read informational texts, Korbey, lists a number of titles that educators may want … Continue reading

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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills

At the Center for Teaching Quality, Bill Ferriter describes strategies for teaching nonfiction skills (here).  Each strategy also comes with a handout to assist students with using the skill. The skills include becoming active readers; determining how quotes effect a … Continue reading

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Social Studies Units Link

The 4th through 6th grade social studies units will all be completed by June 3rd and will be available at this link.  The units all include close reads and integrate social studies and Common Core State Standards. You can view … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Accessing the Social Studies Close Readings

If you are having any trouble locating the Social Studies Close Reading Examples, you can use these directions. It is a pictorial guide (here) to accessing the material.

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Over 30 New Social Studies Close Reading Examples Available

Social studies teachers, Implementation Specialists, and personnel within Curriculum & Instruction have spent the last year creating, editing, vetting, and reediting close reading examples that match the expectations of the Common Core. You can access them on Edmodo using this … Continue reading

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