COMMON CORE BASIS:
The Common Core Standards emphasize students working with far more informational texts as they move into the middle and high school grades than has been called for in the past. While students can begin their work on reading informational texts by applying reading strategies and skills they developed while reading fiction, developing the skills needed to read, comprehend, and analyze informational texts will present new challenges.
LESSON USE AND PREPARATION:
This resource is more a series of guidelines and strategies that teachers can use to help students understand and meet the Common Core State Standards expectations for reading, comprehending, and analyzing informational texts. The format of this resource is much like our "Common Core: Teaching wth Tough Texts," which is available for free on TPT. The strategies range from the foundations needed for working with informational texts (appropriate for use with grades 4-6) to strategies for teaching students to analyze one informational text or analyze across informational texts (appropriate for grades 7-12).
Teachers following these strategies and guidelines should not attempt to tackle all of the aspects of reading, comprehending, and analyzing informational texts at once. Rather, pre-assess your students to determine where they are in the spectrum of skills needed for this work, and then select and sequence the strategies to build students' abilities to work with informational texts. Eventually, the reading strategies included in this lesson should become reading habits that students transfer into their own independent reading practices.