Snapshot: The ability to read informational text has become more important than ever. This skill gets top priority in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but teaching it properly requires educators to give students much more experience and instruction.
As devoted as we may be to the appreciation of literature, language arts teachers will need to change their practices to help students with this vital skill. So will teachers across the curriculum–science teachers, social studies teachers, math teachers, etc. All play a critical role.
In this webinar, Barbara Moss gives you practical, research-based strategies for guiding students in reading informational text in their classrooms. Learn about the different types of informational texts and how to evaluate and select texts for classroom use. Barbara will explore the 3 informational text gaps: 1) the exposure gap, 2) the achievement gap and 3) the instruction gap.
Barbara will discuss strategic approaches for closing the reading gaps in 5 key areas:
- building background for reading,
- developing academic vocabulary,
- helping students develop an awareness of genre,
- teaching text features and structures,
- and teaching writing through informational texts.
- The important role of reading informational texts in the Common Core State Standards
- How to integrate informational text into the school day
- How to distinguish among types of non-narrative texts
- Why students have difficulty with informational text types and what to do about it
- Strategies for building background and teaching academic vocabulary
- Teaching genre awareness
- Teaching text structures and features
- Ideas for engaging students in writing informational text