ERIC Number: ED480889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Value of Expository Text for Today's World. ERIC Topical Bibliography and Commentary.
Smith, Carl B., Ed.
When children are taught to read, the sources used are usually fictional narratives; writing follows in the same genre with children learning how to write personal narrative. Narrative has been such a part of the tradition in primary grades that even the information books that are available for the young are often written in a narrative structure. Recent research suggests there needs to be a more balanced approach in using fiction and nonfiction books in teaching reading. The ability of children to understand and interact with this type of text grows as they are given opportunities to work with expository texts. This topical bibliography and commentary looks at the difference between expository and narrative texts, the reasons educators give for integrating expository texts into daily teaching, and the ways in which teachers can accomplish this task. The bibliography/commentary states that the main reason for use of informational, or expository texts in the primary classroom is to better prepare students for the informational texts they will be exposed to in later schooling. It concludes that informational texts may provide access to reading and literacy for diverse types of learners and expand children's literary experiences. Lists an Internet resource and 16 references. (NKA)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Classroom Techniques, Emergent Literacy, Primary Education, Reading Material Selection
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English and Communication, 2805 E. 10th St., #140, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698. Web site: http://eric.indiana.edu.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.