This lesson from Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, Grades 4-12, shows how to explicitly teach active listening skills, crucial for classroom and life interactions.
The first part of this lesson from The Common Core Companion Booster Lessons, Grades K-2, explores reading mentor texts for parts of a letter; the second part shows how to use interactive writing to inform about and present knowledge.
Use this lesson from The Common Core Companion Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5, to explain to students how an author uses reasons and evidence in informational text.
This inquiry unit, excerpted from Uncommon Core and built around essential questions addressing Martin Luther King's A Letter from Birmingham Jail, not only develops students' reading and writing skills, but also helps students grapple with important social issues.
Informational texts facilitate reading development, help shape students’ understanding of the world, and build their habits of inquiry. Use this chapter from Text Complexity to learn more about selecting informational texts for your students.