Reading Informational Text


ELAR-Grade-6 Non-fiction Texts Reading Informational Text
Students explore the various types of organizational structures common in informational texts and then read short examples and identify each structure. Then, they preview a passage, making predictions based on the text features and organizational structures. Next, they read the passage and analyze it using their knowledge of the organizational structure. Finally, they identify the main idea and supporting details within the passage.

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Overview

In this experience, students explore the various types of organizational structures common in informational texts and then read short examples and identify each structure. Then, they preview a passage, making predictions based on the text features and organizational structures. Next, they read the passage and analyze it using their knowledge of the organizational structure. Finally, they identify the main idea and supporting details within the passage.

Objectives

  • Identify and describe common informational text structures.
  • Make predictions based on the text features.
  • Identify the main idea and supporting details.

Duration

One or two class periods.

Vocabulary Words in the Article

  • city-state: independent city with its own government
  • democracy: type of government where all citizens vote for elected officials
  • oligarchy: type of government in which only a few individuals hold power
  • agora: a marketplace where goods were sold or traded
  • lyre: a musical instrument


Are you attracted to ancient history? Do you like to read about the people, lands, and battles of days gone by? Typically, you read about ancient history in informational texts that provide you with facts that include timelines, historical figures, and maps.

In this experience, you will learn how to use text structures and features to get the most out of reading an informational text such as ancient history.

Objectives

  • Identify and describe common informational text structures.
  • Make predictions based on the text features.
  • Identify the main idea and supporting details.


pile of library books

Every day we are surrounded by information. Think about where you see, hear, or read new information. What types of information do you come across in your day-to-day life? 


List where you see, hear, or read new information. List up to three places, separating each answer with a comma, like this: tree, road, chair

Post your answer

Use student responses to spark a discussion about where they see informational text. Students may identify history books, textbooks, websites, newspapers, magazines, etc. Ask students to explain how their reading of each type of information may differ.


The reading strategies you use to read different texts depends on where you are getting your information. Now it’s time to learn more about types of informational text and what types of strategies to use while reading. You will then apply some of those strategies to a passage you will read.


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