Learning how to read informational texts and how to efficiently get all of the information out of them is such as important skill for middle school and upper elementary students. And kids often really enjoy reading an informational article about something completely new or one about a favorite topic, making informational text reading a fun activity for language arts class.
Today, I’m gathering up my articles about teaching with informational texts and organizing them here in this blog post. Some of them are about using the text features in informational texts as an aid to comprehension, and some are about practicing close reading skills with non-fiction texts. Here’s what I found:
- Getting Into Informational Text
This is a guest post that I wrote for the Student Savvy blog. It is all about focusing on text structures and text features and also about ideas for doing some close reading.
2. Informational Text Skills
This one is about teaching with informational texts and my short informational text resources. Each of the resources includes a one page reading in the style of a magazine page with various text features and two student activity pages. Some are for holidays, and others are general information that middle grade kids would be interested in.
3. Informational Texts for an Historic Election Season
A few of my informational text posts, and some of my resources, too, are are about specific seasons or holidays. This one is about women who ran for president. In addition to election season, it also fits in with Women’s History Month and general civics lessons about the election process.
4. Learning with the Mount Rushmore Presidents
This one is holiday and history related too. It’s about good lessons that I’ve found on various educational sites about each of the four Mount Rushmore presidents.
5. How-to Reading Lessons with Bracelet Crafts
This one is a simple idea for a fun spring or summer lesson using a tutorial for making beaded bracelets as your informational texts. Links to several sites with various types of bracelet craft tutorials are included.
Plus – Close Reading
On my blog, I also have a number of articles about close reading, and many of these make use of informational texts as well. Next week, I’ll round up those posts and put out another list.