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Informational Text Shift Kit

The Informational Text Kit was designed to give teachers and administrators some background information on what is expected for student achievement with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the area of informational text.

Contents of the kit include:

  • Introduction of Informational Text
  • Presentation materials to build capacity at the school level
  • Instructional resources responsive to the demands of the CCSS
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  • Duke, N. (2004).  The case for informational text.  Educational Leadership, 61(6), 40– 44.
  • Dymock, S. (2011).  Teaching expository text structure awareness.  The Reading Teacher, 59(2), 177-181.


  • Ehrenworth, M. (2013). Unlocking the secrets of complex text. Educational Leadership, 71 (3), 16-21. 
  • Kelley, M. J. and Clausen-Grace, N. (2010), Guiding students through expository text with text feature walks. The Reading Teacher, 64(3), 191–195.
  • Neumann, S., Roskos, K. (2012). Helping children become more knowledgeable through text. The Reading Teacher, 66(3), 207-210.
  • Shanahan, T. (2013). You want me to read what?! Educational Leadership, 71 (3), 10-15.   
  • Synopsis of Improving Comprehension in Students with Learning Disabilities
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  • All Grades:  The Content Area Specialists for English Language Arts and Data/Assessment have written strategies for the Common Core State Standards for Informational Text.  Click on ELA Educator Resources. Click K-5 or 6-12 Informational Test Strategies.
  • Grades 6-12: is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers. (For grades 4-12).
  • Grades 4-12The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • Grades 3-12: Newsela contains relevant articles from today's headlines, but scaffolded for students' reading abilities.
  • Grades is a resource for informational text and science resources.
  • Grades K-8: Beyond Penguins is a free online magazine for elementary teachers funded by the National Science Foundation. You will find informational text articles at a variety of reading levels, strategies, photos, lesson plan ideas, etc. 
  • Grades K-8: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.  This website provides teachers with strategies, lesson plans and resources. 


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