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ERIC Number: EJ852885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Ways to Teach about Informational Text
Marinak, Barbara A.; Gambrell, Linda B.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n1 p19-22 Sep-Oct 2009
The basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic are necessary, but not sufficient for participation in a world that demands independent and cooperative problem solving of its citizens. Young children come to school with an interest in the community and the world outside their own. Social studies curricula can affirm the child's immediate experience of self, home, and family--and then expand beyond it. To provide such instruction, teachers need to locate, evaluate, and use appropriate resources to supplement textbooks. The ever-growing collection of informational trade books is an important source of supplemental resources for elementary teachers. Using informational text across the content areas is well supported by research in reading and social studies. Practice in reading informational text can help prepare students for the rigorous reading demands of secondary school. Many recent studies suggest that both the amount of informational text available to elementary readers and the number of minutes spent reading informational material is far less than needed in a balanced, comprehensive primary program. This article is a primer on how to help children identify the elements and structures of nonfiction, and thus better comprehend it. (Contains 2 tables and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A