22 Jan 2013
Dr. Nell K. Duke, University of Michigan
The prominence of informational text in the Common Core State Standards has great potential to foster greater engagement, deepen content knowledge, strengthen literacy skills, and better prepare students for later schooling and life. However, there are also many pitfalls to avoid: humdrum informational texts and tasks, overemphasis on text to the exclusion of hands-on content learning experiences, insufficient teacher knowledge about features of and strategies for reading specific kinds of informational text, and many others. With examples from elementary classrooms throughout the U.S., Duke will suggest ways to capitalize on the potential and avoid the pitfalls of extensive use of informational text.
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