Insights on Tackling Informational Text
November 2013 issue of Educational Leadership shows how to creatively make this stretch and how to help students think of nonfiction as challenging and fun.
In her "Perspectives" column, Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer believes it starts with finding texts that present engaging style and content, rather than texts that hide "the good stuff." Kids need to be exposed to the best nonfiction and given the skills to delve deeply into it.
Articles in the issue include
"You Want Me to Read What?!" by Timothy Shanahan
Answers you need about the Common Core's focus on informational text.
"Points of Entry" by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
How to lead students through the complex terrain of difficult text.
"Art and Science of Teaching: Planning for What Students Don't Know" by Robert J. Marzano
Strategies to increase understanding of basic facts, relationships, and skills.
"Do Caterpillars Eat Cake?" by Panayota Mantzicopoulos and Helen Patrick
How to choose accurate and interesting texts for younger children.
"Tackling Complex Texts with Language Learners" by Debbie Arechiga
Tools that empower ELLs to read confidently.