This PowerPoint by Laurie Larson explains the six most common informational text structures and explains the whys and hows of teaching children to use informational text features for comprehension.
Students engage in small group brainstorming sessions and an analysis of a variety of texts and the strategies they need to read them. Students also create individual Reader's Profiles with an online tool modeled on social networking sites. Sharing these profiles and reflecting on their own learning, students ultimately develop a working definition of reading which they refine during the year…
This lesson offers students experience in drawing historical meaning from eyewitness accounts that present a range of different perspectives.
This lesson covers the slave narrative from different perspectives - as a historical record, a piece of literature, political rhetoric, and as an autobiography.
Ideas from the NY Times on teaching text features. Ideas, signal words, and links to NY Times articles are included.
A New York Times article about using Informational Text reading strategies. The article provides strategies and links to articles to use in the classroom.
Students will examine both primary and secondary sources, fiction and non-fiction, in order to understand how a writer can use literature as social criticism.