Reading Informational Texts


ELAR-Grade-5 Non-fiction Texts Reading Informational Texts
Students analyze the features of informational text. Using the text features, students predict what the text will teach them. Then they learn about the common organizational patterns of informational text. While reading, they analyze how the author structured the informational text. Then they determine the main idea and the details that support it. Finally, they write a summary based on the main idea and details.

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Overview

In this experience, students analyze the features of informational text. Using the text features, students predict what the text will teach them. Then they learn about the common organizational patterns of informational text. While reading, they analyze how the author structured the informational text. Then they determine the main idea and the details that support it. Finally, they write a summary based on the main idea and details.

Objectives

  • Identify and define common features and organizational structures of informational text.
  • Identify the main idea and supporting details of a passage.
  • Write a summary of an informational passage using the main idea and details.

Duration

One or two class periods.

Vocabulary Words in the Article

  • citizen: an inhabitant of a country (e.g., the United States)
  • Congress: the legislative branch of the U.S. government, which includes the Senate and the House of Representatives
  • sponsor: person who supports an event
  • amendments: changes
  • veto: vote “no”
  • pocket veto: to veto a bill by doing nothing


When you read an exciting adventure story, you read differently than when you read an article that tells you about a new video game. In this experience, you will learn about one type of text and how to read it so you can get the most out of it!

Objectives

  • Identify and define common features and organizational structures of informational text.
  • Identify the main idea and supporting details of a passage.
  • Write a summary of an informational passage using the main idea and details.


boy reading a newspaper, showing surprise on his face

Think about the last time you read a text with the purpose of learning something. In a word or short phrase, state what it was that you read. 

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Discuss student responses. While students can learn from fictional texts, the discussion should focus on types of informational texts they can learn from, such as textbooks, websites, newspapers, magazine, etc.


In this experience, you are going to be looking at an informational text, a passage with information about a topic whose purpose is to teach you something. You will explore how it is written. What do you know already about reading informational text? Are you familiar with any of its features?


In the table below, describe what you already know about informational text. Begin by thinking about a text or passage you have read. If someone has already listed your fact, try to think of a different one.



Discuss student responses. Begin by identifying informational texts that students have read. Students may state that informational text teaches the reader about a subject. Students may be familiar with common text features such as illustrations, captions, charts, headings, etc.

You may want to generate a class list of knowledge so far and add to this list as you move through the experience.


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