Exploring Informational Texts: From Theory to Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

Informational texts comprise the majority of printed material adults read. Yet children are underprepared for meeting the challenges posed by such texts. Linda Hoyt, Margaret Mooney, and Brenda Parkes offer some solutions.

Exploring Informational Texts brings together numerous educators who provide a theoretically sound rationale and the practical wherewithal for using guided reading and writing as a primary strategy for navigating nonfiction. By assembling a wealth of material by many voices from many places, editors Hoyt, Mooney, and Parkes create a montage of ideas and suggestions. These practices and strategies for using informational texts get young readers and writers off to a good start and keep them going from kindergarten through middle school.

Teachers will be intrigued by specific lesson ideas and questions, including:

  • What do children need to know about informational texts?
  • Which features of informational texts are most critical to teach?
  • How might guided reading facilitate lessons in math or other subjects?
  • What does a reader do when a book has no table of contents?
  • What might a guided writing session with informational texts look like?
  • How can teachers link guided reading and guided writing lessons?
  • What is the role of oral reading in informational texts?
Get an inside view of real teaching moments through vignettes and classroom examples. Find tools to empower your students tomorrow. Start using or extend your efforts with informational texts. Explore the possibilities in this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004723
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Hoyt is a nationally recognized consultant who creates environments where engaged children are active participants in their own learning. She is the author, co-author, or editor of Solutions for Reading Comprehension, Revisit, Reflect, Retell, Updated Edition; Spotlight on Comprehension; Exploring Informational Texts; Make It Real; and Snapshots as well as Snapshots the DVD and the Navigating Informational Texts staff development DVD - all published by Heinemann. In addition, she is the author of Interactive Read-Alouds for grades K - 1, 2 - 3, 4 - 5, and 6 - 7, classroom materials offered by firsthand. Comprehension Strategies: That Help Your Struggling Students Be More Successful Readers, Grades 2 - 5, Linda's BER video series, illustrates many of the strategies found in Revisit, Reflect, Retell, Updated Edition, and is used around the country as a staff development resource for enhancing teachers' understanding of comprehension. Linda Hoyt is a Heinemann Professional Development Provider. ยป Listen to an interview with Linda Hoyt on Education Talk Radio - 11/09/2011 (35:58)

Margaret Mooney has written many books for young readers and resource books for teachers. An elementary teacher and administrator for twenty years in New Zealand, she has also worked with the New Zealand Department of Education and at the university level. In 1988, she received the Order of New Zealand Merit for her work in literacy.

Brenda Parkes has written many books for children as well as a professional book for teachers about shared reading. She has taught in New Zealand and Australia and spent twenty years as a teacher educator at Griffith University, Queensland.

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Table of Contents

Bringing Informational Texts into Focus

Informational Texts? The Research Says Yes!, N. Duke

Thinking As a Reader and Writer of Informational Texts, M. Mooney

The Power of Informational Texts in Developing Readers and Writers, B. Parkes

Critical Literacy Through Guided Experiences with Informational Texts, L. Hoyt

Tapping into Informational Text Structures and Text Features

The Why of Some Text Features, M. Mooney

Coming to Terms with a Table of Contents, J. Wilson

Using Text Features as Tools for Learning, J. McCall

Understanding Text Structures, L. Hoyt & T. Therriault

Understanding Informational Texts Through Guided Reading

Guided Reading, L. Hoyt

Teachers and Students Overcome Challenges, B. Parkes

Traveling in Depth, M. Mooney

Oral Reading, M. Opitz

Navigating, J. Batzle

Guided Reading in Mathematics, J. Miller

Getting Started, C. Ferlita

Buddy Reading, N. Gibbs

Guided Reading: A Support System for Informational Writing

Guided Writing, M. Mooney

Linking Guided Reading and Guided Writing, L. Hoyt

Support for Students, J. Miller

Expository Pyramid, T. Therriault

Professionals Writing Informational Texts for Young Readers

Thinking Behind the Pen, B. Parkes

Keeping the Pen Sharp, M. Mooney

Checking Up

Taking Stock, L. Hoyt

Assessment Tools, C. Ferlita

Assessment Through Application, N. Gibbs

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