What Are Informational Texts?
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“Informational Texts” by Dr. Brenda Parkes,
(Note: hyperlink embedded below added by media educator Frank Baker)
To become effective readers of informational texts, students need to understand:
• the features that identify nonfiction writing;
• the selective way nonfiction is read according to the reader’s purpose;
• the ways organizational features such as indexes, content pages, glossaries and headings help the reader access the text;
• the specialized language and language structures used to convey information;
• how visual literacy such as photographs, diagrams, maps and charts combine with written text to convey information;
• how information in captions and labels combines with running text to convey information; and
• strategies for using prior knowledge and experience to engage in inquiry.