RI.2.8 Media


1. Author’s Purpose - This brief presentation defines the relationship between author’s purpose (first slide) and provides a quick interactive opportunity to the author’s reason for writing (2nd slide).

2. Author’s Purpose – An animated song about all the reasons authors write.

3. Story Time: Water Pollution / Cause and Effect – This video focuses on cause and effect using water pollution as the topic. Although a 3rd grade lesson, this can be used at the 2nd grade level as well.

4. Helping Students Focus on Text Structure - This video is part of the “Improving K-3 Reading Comprehension” module at the Doing What Works Clearinghouse. Although, at first glance, the video appears to be on narrative text structure, informational text structure comprises as large part of the video. The video does not directly focus on this standard, but provides helpful guidance to teachers.

5. Uncovering Text Structure - In this 5 minute video, Dr. Joanna Williams discusses the importance of teaching children about narrative and informational text structure and describes some instructional tools she has used in her research with teachers.

6. Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies and Selecting Appropriate Text - Although not directly related to this standard, this video provides an overview of strategies useful in teaching reading comprehension.

7. Reading Comprehension - At this site, view the brief video clip titled “Comprehension” featuring Sharon Walpole. (The videos you can choose from are listed under the “Featured Video”.)

8. Roundtable Discussion: Literacy Workstations - This video clip shows a discussion among a 3rd grade and a 5th grade teacher and the author, Debbie Diller, about literacy work stations. Note: This video is also listed under this standard’s Activities/Centers tab with additional information.

9. An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment - Although this video, and the one following, are not directly related to teaching informational text, they provide a good overview of the assessment process in elementary grades.
High Expectations: Students Learn To Rise to the Occasion -

10. Author’s Purpose - Authors have reasons or purposes for writing. What are they and how can students use this knowledge to describe how those reasons support key points? In this short interactive, learners read a passage, then answer multiple –choice question about the author’s purpose.