Klea Scharberg

Insights on Tackling Informational Text

Tackling Informational Text - ASCD Educational LeadershipNovember 2013 issue of Educational Leadership shows how to creatively make this stretch and how to help students think of nonfiction as challenging and fun.

In her "Perspectives" column, Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer believes it starts with finding texts that present engaging style and content, rather than texts that hide "the good stuff." Kids need to be exposed to the best nonfiction and given the skills to delve deeply into it.

Articles in the issue include

View the insights of these and other contributors to the issue in the infographic (PDF) below, and start a conversation with your professional learning community using the free study guide.


Comments (1)

C Bombenger

November 2, 2013

A combination of informational text and making learning fun can be done easily with music.  Using songs that tell a story, or revealing facts and information about a topic, all surrounded by a tune that evokes emotion and promotes passion about the subject (while reducing stress) equals educational success.  Students will have a greater foundation to read and write with these songs, their interest is ignited and sends them running to the library to find more to read and learn about. Who wouldn’t get excited about singing and learning about The Titanic, or rain forests, or Mt. Vesuvius?  Or learning about the countries in South America by singing an invigorating tune that allows them to recognize the countries when they hear about them on the news.  Learning math songs that will give students strategies to compute problems equate to higher scores.  All informational text, all fun for children.

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