With the Common Core Standards came an increased focus on reading informational texts, starting with kindergarten. But integrating informational texts isn’t as simple as having students read a couple of biographies every marking period.
In the edWebinar, “Strategies to Engage Young Learners with Informational Texts,” Nell Duke, Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Michigan School of Education, offered her advice for understanding and incorporating informational texts in the classroom.
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Dos and don’ts for using informational texts with young learners
First, teachers should get familiar with informational texts–whose primary purpose is to convey information–to understand how they can support classroom lessons. While nonfiction books are what most educators think of, informational texts can include audio, images, video, etc. It’s the purpose of the text that matters more than the medium used.