When using informational text, provide a guide for your students by annotating on the document or with a separate supporting document in order to  simplify challenging information, clarify new vocabulary and summarize long text.

Example:

I Have a Dream Road Map

In this, students are provided with an additional document to reference while reading Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.    This document provides reminders, such as looking at text features, defines key vocabulary and asks prompting questions to guide comprehension.

 Further Reading:

Cummins – Close Reading of Informational Texts (2013)

Barclay and Stewart – The Everything Guide to Informational Texts K-2 (2014)


Created by Kristen L Hodnett
Reviewed by Kathy Furlong Silverio

 

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