“In the Information Age the importance of being able to read and write
informational texts critically and well cannot be overstated. Informational literacy is central to success, and even survival, in schooling, the workplace, and the community.” -
Nell Duke, Michigan State University
Informational text is designed to convey factual information rather than tell or advance a narrative. Informational texts contain ideas, facts, and principles related to the physical, biological, or social world. They may take many different forms: picture books, photo essays, chapter books, articles and essays, letters, diaries and journals, observational notes, factual references (almanacs, books of statistics, books of world records), brochures, manuals, and text books. Informational text may employ techniques such as lists, comparing/contrasting, or demonstrating cause/effect, and may be accompanied by graphs or charts.
The world is filled with a variety of informational texts; learners must have a comprehensive set of skills for effective interpretation of this type of text.
Why is it important for learners to have a comprehensive set of skills for interpreting a variety of texts?