Provide focused instruction using leveled books for excellent opportunities to expose students to informational texts as stressed by the Common Core State Standards. The CCSS defines "informational text" as a broad category of nonfiction resources, including: biographies; autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts (including how-to books and procedural books); and literary nonfiction.
Why Use Informational Texts
Leveled Books and their accompanying lesson plans, worksheets, comprehension quizzes, and discussion cards help teach students the skills and strategies to successfully read and comprehend informational text.
Studies show that only 7-15% of classroom time is spent studying informational text. Yet by sixth grade, most of what students are required to read is nonfiction. What's more, 80% of all adult reading is devoted to expository or nonfiction text. Success with informational text is critical to students' future success in higher education and the workplace.
How to Use Informational Texts
- Nonfiction/Informational Leveled Books with lessons target specific skills and strategies along with supporting worksheets, a graphic organizer, a set of discussion cards and a comprehension quiz.
- Lesson Supplements for both nonfiction (and fiction) Leveled Books address specific key shifts of lesson instruction. Text-dependent questions help students read closely.
Other Resources for Informational Texts
- Shared Reading nonfiction books ensure early readers work with informational texts.
- Our Close Reading Packs contain a large selection of informational text to support reading multiple, short texts closely.
- Visual Devices feature explicit instruction on text elements, such as graphs, charts, maps, schedules, or other visual texts.
- Content Area Reading organizes leveled books into featured groups of common content area topics.
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Features and Chart
- 1–3 words per page; 2.5 words average
- 1 line per page
- 16–24 words total
- One word change per page
- 1–2 high-frequency words per page
- Repetition of high-frequency words
- Mostly picture captions
- One-to-one text-to-picture correspondence
- Familiar topics
- Consistent text placement
- 10 pages