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The Everything Guide to Informational Texts, K-2

The Everything Guide to Informational Texts, K-2
Best Texts, Best Practices

Foreword by Timothy Shanahan

© 2014 | 296 pages | Corwin

“Do monarch butterflies have a nose?” a kindergartener inquires.

“Does it rain on the moon?” a first-grader wonders.

“Does a white shark really produce 30 million teeth?”asks a second grader.

These incisive, critical quests for additional knowledge about the world are precisely what children do when the Common Core State Standards for informational texts go right in K-2. And with The Everything Guide to Informational Texts, the Common Core will go right in K-2.

Authors Kathy Barclay and Laura Stewart have written the book that teachers like you have been pleading for—a resource that delivers the “what I need to know Monday through Friday” to engage kids in a significant amount of informational text reading experiences. 

No filler, no lofty ideals about college and career readiness, but instead, the information on how to find lesson-worthy texts and create developmentally appropriate instructional plans that truly help young readers comprehend grade-level texts.

What you’ll love most:

  • The how-to’s on selecting stellar informational texts
  • High-impact comprehension strategies for nonfiction
  • Suggestions on providing sufficient challenge in guided reading, read alouds, and other practices
  • Model text lessons and lesson plan templates across each grade
  • An annotated list of 449 informational texts for read alouds, guided reading, and independent reading

It’s time to bring in to our classrooms all the high-quality informational texts that are available. It’s time to demonstrate to students how to read them, and to allow the authors of these children’s texts to take readers into rich, complex ideas they can handle with our support. If ever there were a book to quell our concern about how Common Core expectations will play out in grades K-2, this is it.

Foreword by Timothy Shanahan
Publisher's Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. New Standards, Timeless Goals: How Informational Texts Can Help Make Every Child a Reader
A Crash Course on the Common Core  
The College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading  
Naming the Skills Involved in Reading Nonfiction and Fiction  
Where Do We Go From Here?  
Chapter 2. Bringing Informational Texts Into Your Teaching
Goal 1: Expose Children to More Complex Texts  
Goal 2: Pay More Attention to Oral Language  
Goal 3: Be More Intentional  
Goal 4: Differentiate Instruction  
Goal 5: Explicitly Teach From the Text  
Chapter 3. The How-To's of Selecting Stellar Texts
The New Nonfiction  
Evaluating Format and Visual Appeal  
Evaluating Accuracy and Authenticity  
Evaluating Writing Style and Appropriateness for Young Children  
Evaluating Potential Content and Curricular Connections  
Chapter 4. The Top Ten: Focus on These High-Impact Comprehension Strategies
Teaching High-Impact Skills and Strategies for Comprehending Informational Text  
Chapter 5. Demystifying What Makes Lessons Effective: The Lesson Plan Template
The Overarching Goal of Informational Text Lessons: Rigorous Text Experiences for All Students  
The Four Lesson Steps  
Chapter 6. Informational Text Read-Aloud Lessons in Kindergarten
The Common Core Standards for Informational Text Read-Alouds  
Using the Lesson Plan Template for the Read-Aloud  
Miss Webb's Kindergarten Class: A Sample Informational Text Read-Aloud Lesson  
Chapter 7. Informational Text Lessons in First Grade
What's Different About First Grade?  
Mrs. Stocker's First Graders: A Sample Informational Text Guided Reading Lesson  
Chapter 8. Informational Text Lessons in Second Grade
What About Students Who Are Not Reading With Grade-Level Proficiency?  
Mr. Morris's Second Graders: A Model Informational Text Guided Reading Lesson  
Chapter 9. Embedding Informational Texts in Units of Study
An Interdisciplinary Focus  
Planning Units of Study: Who Does What?  
Selecting High-Quality Informational Literature for Units of Study  
Concluding Thoughts  
Appendix A. Checklist for Evaluating Informational Literature
Appendix B. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Checklists
Kindergarten CCSS Checklist  
First Grade CCSS Checklist  
Second Grade CCSS Checklist  
Appendix C. Lesson Plan Template
Appendix D. Topical List of Informational Literature
Appendix E. Annotated Bibliography of Children's Books
Key features
The proposed text will provide teachers and prospective teachers of children in pre-kindergarten through grade two with an in-depth understanding of:
  • The Common Core Standards for Informational Literature
  • Characteristics of and criteria for selecting high quality informational text
  • Proven techniques for scaffolding beginning readers' mastery of the Common Core Standards for Informational Literature

Additional features:

  • A chart containing the Standards for Informational Literature for each grade level will illustrate the progression of knowledge and skills from PreK-2.
  • Text excerpts, sample lessons, and figures containing teacher tips for implementing differentiated instruction to scaffold students in the reading of grade level texts will enhance and support the narrative discussions.
  • An extensive annotated bibliography of informational books appropriate for use during read aloud experiences with young children.
  • Three chapters will include full color interior and exteriors of high quality children's books to illustrate important points

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