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Reading Informational Text

Informational text is designed to communicate factual information rather than to tell a narrative. Much of our daily reading is linked with this genre. Common examples of informational text include: diaries, cookbooks, websites, informational picture storybooks, field guides, and how-to books.

Informational texts enable children to experience both language and content simultaneously, i.e., “read to learn.” The organization, graphic features, and writing styles found in informational texts are often content-specific. For example, the style of a biology textbook is quite different from a vacation guide. The ability to work effectively with the salient features of various informational texts and to derive meaning from such interactions is referred to as content literacy.

Watch the "PK-5: Balancing Informational Text and Literature" video from NY Common Core Video Series for a discussion addressing the role of the elementary teacher and the benefits of giving informational text the time it deserves in the elementary classroom. 

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