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Informational Text

What Is Informational Text?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) defines "informational text" as a broad category of nonfiction resources, including: biographies; autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts (including how-to books and procedural books); and literary nonfiction. The CCSS stress the importance of focused instruction using informational text with students in the elementary grades. Watch the Common Core State Standards Informational Text video
Informational text is designed to make it easier for the reader to find information. This includes using such eye-catching features as section heads, bold-faced terms, table of contents, glossary, captioned photos, art, and info-graphics (graphs, tables, charts and diagrams, etc.)

When selecting informational resources for children, text quality should be judged for its accuracy, the expertise and credibility of the writer, and the currency of the information presented. The developmental appropriateness of the writing, clarity and directness of the language should also be considered.

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Why Is Increasing The Reading Of Informational Text Important?

Traditional K-6 reading instruction has always relied heavily on literature and fictional text. Studies show that only 7-15% of classroom time is spent studying informational text. Yet by sixth grade, most of what students are required to read is nonfiction. What's more, 80% of all adult reading is devoted to expository or nonfiction text.

If students are to better comprehend science, social studies, and math text - as well as meet the common core reading and writing requirements for graduation - then we need to increase their exposure to informational texts early in their formal schooling.

Teaching students the skills and strategies to successfully read and comprehend informational text is critical to their future success in higher education and the workplace.

The English Language Arts [ELA] Common Core State Standards recommend more reading of informational text with a ratio of literary to informational as follows:

Grade SpanLiteraryInformational
K-4 50% 50%
5-8 45% 55%
9-12 30% 70%

How Does Learning A-Z Address The Need For Informational Text?


Reading A-Z offers an extensive collection of 500+ nonfiction books, including informational texts on a variety of genres and topics. Books gradually increase in complexity over 27 levels and are available in both printable and projectable formats. Lessons targeting specific skills and strategies accompany each book. In addition, each book has accompanying worksheets, a graphic organizer, a set of discussion cards and a comprehension quiz.

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Take a look at the list of Reading A-Z Information Text books!

Raz-Kids has 200+ leveled nonfiction texts in eBook format that can be read, listened to, and recorded by the student. Each book is accompanied by an eQuiz with quiz results and a list of missed skills, reported to the teacher.

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Learning A-Z Reading Solution: and Reading

Teachers using both Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids have access to eBook versions of all of the leveled nonfiction texts found on Reading A-Z. For people who subscribe to both Reading A-Z and RAZ-Kids, these can be found in a special area of Raz-Kids called On Your Own. Students are able to listen, read, and record each book. All nonfiction and fiction books are accompanied by an eQuiz. These eQuizzes are auto-graded and the information is included in a report for the teacher to review.

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Science A-Z has a large collection of science informational books, each written to three levels of difficulty. Our resources are organized by unit under each of the science domains–Life, Earth and Physical. The website also provides single-page high-interest informational articles called Quick Reads, a multi-page, monthly "Science in the News" feature, as well as close-read investigative reading packets.

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