This is a generic activity menu that is sustainable and can be used over and over again as you change the titles of your nonfiction or informational texts. Yet, it is specifically aligned to the Informational Text Standards 1-9 for the Common Core. The menu has nine activities strictly aligned using the language and suggested questions presented in the NCDPI Unpacking Documents.
Each activity also has a student response sheet for formative assessments toward mastery of that standard.
1) Present 2-3 activities whole class a week at a time over the course of 3-4 weeks. Use guided practice and exemplars as a means of communicating expectations for quality responses to informational texts.
2) Then EITHER...
Handout menus individually to students at seatwork while you pull your guided reading groups. Allow students to choose 2-3 activities from the menu over the course of 2-3 days you pull guided reading groups.
Enlarge each activity and set up to nine Informational Text Literacy Centers for collaborative interaction with peer models and teachers. Strategically assign students to the stations where you know those students need continued support and practice with that standard. Place specific titles at those stations that lend themselves to the activity on the menu and integrate into your Science and Social Studies units.