D. Informational Texts
Students will apply reading, listening, and viewing strategies to informational texts across all areas of curriculum. When reading, listening, and viewing critically, students will ask pertinent questions, recognize assumptions and implications, and evaluate information and ideas. In a world that surrounds them with information, they have to be able to connect with this information and make sense of it.
Students will apply reading, listening, and viewing strategies to informational texts across all areas of curriculum. Students will be able to:
Elementary Grades Pre-K-2
- Understand the main idea of simple expository information.
Elementary Grades 3-4
- Use information contained in chapter and section headings, topic sentences, and summary sentences to construct the main ideas.
- Use various informational parts of a text (e.g., index, table of contents, glossary, appendices).
- Read for a variety of purposes (e.g., to answer specific questions, to form an opinion, to skim for information).
- Summarize informational texts (e.g., identify the main idea or concept and the supporting detail).
- Recognize when a text is primarily intended to instruct or to persuade.
- Understand common technical terms used in instructional and informational texts.
- Recognize when and how new information in a text connects to prior knowledge.
Middle Grades 5-8
- Seek appropriate assistance when attempting to comprehend challenging text.
- Identify useful information organizing strategies.
- Identify both the author’s purpose and the author’s point of view when reading expository information.
- Identify different ways in which informational texts are organized.
- Produce and support generalizations acquired from informational text.
- Describe new knowledge presented in informational texts and how it can be used.
- Identify common technical terms used in informational texts.
- Use the various parts of a text (index, table of contents, glossary) to locate specific information.
- Scan a passage to determine whether a text contains relevant information.
- Distinguish between apparent fact and opinion in nonfiction texts.
- Use discussions with peers as a way of understanding information.
- Identify complex structures in informational texts and the relationships between the concepts and details in those structures using texts from various disciplines.
- Analyze and synthesize the concepts and details in informational texts.
- Explain how new information from a text changes personal knowledge.
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