Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Informational Text - How Does It Help? - Section 3: Teachers' Turn


At first, I got caught up with some of the terms for text features - 'photo' or 'picture' or 'illustration'. I had to refocus and realize the the terms matter less than the process in our discussion about discriminating photos and pictures.  The goal of the lesson is to use text features to aid comprehension, not to identify text features. I did clarify the difference for the students, but in the future, I'll focus less on the terminology and more on the ways the features help us read.

A term that I did clarify for the students was 'informational' vs 'non-fiction'. The shift in Common Core standards for ELA is toward the terms 'informational' and 'literature' instead of fiction and non-fiction.  It is important to redefine these terms for the students because that shift in vocabulary is across the grade levels and will show up in future materials.

  Student Led Inquiry: Photograph or Picture? Illustration or Picture?
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Informational Text - How Does It Help?

Unit 12: Informational Text - Use Story Elements To Help Us Comprehend
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify text features from an informational text story and use those as images that add meaning to the text.

Big Idea: Bingo with informational text features!!

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Special Education, Genres (Reading), quote, 2nd Grade, informational text, text features, graph, charts, maps, illustration, caption, photograph
  55 minutes
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