ERIC Number: EJ1043782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
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Starting Out: Practices to Use in K-3
Duke, Neil K.
Educational Leadership, v71 n3 p40-44 Nov 2013
Can informational text be used effectively in beginning reading instruction, as mandated by the Common Core State Standards? Yes, writes Nell K. Duke-in fact, the primary grades are the perfect place for informational text. Duke discusses seven features that characterize K-3 classrooms that make good use of informational text: (1) informational text used from the beginning; (2) read-alouds using informational text; (3) sets of informational texts related to themes; (4) an informational-text-rich environment; (5) a lexically curious environment; (6) teaching about text; and (7) opportunities for students to share information through writing. Effective use of informational text in grades K-3 promotes both students' content knowledge and their foundational decoding and comprehension skills. As Duke concludes, "The notion that children must learn to read before they can read to learn is a relic of the past."
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Beginning Reading, State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Environment, Instructional Effectiveness, Decoding (Reading), Reading Comprehension, Oral Reading
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
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