To Inform

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Unfortunately, not all books are intended as entertainment, many are written to educate and inform readers. In the second lesson of this series, the teacher reads aloud the children's book Apples by Gail Gibbons, pointing out the characteristics of the writing that indicate the text is informational. Children then work in small groups sorting through books from the class library, separating the entertaining, fictional stories from the pieces of nonfiction writing. This is a great lesson to teach at the beginning of the year, familiarizing children the different features of expository texts that they'll be encountering throughout their education.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Lesson includes all supporting materials
  • A list of key vocabulary terms is provided to support a reading of the book Apples
  • A graphic organizer is included that describes the characteristics of informational writing
Cons

  • A copy of the book Apples by Gail Gibbons is required for the lesson
Common Core