Unpacking Complexity in Informational Texts: Principles and Practices for Grades 2-8

Unpacking Complexity in Informational Texts: Principles and Practices for Grades 2-8

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ISBN-13: 9781462518500
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 147
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Sunday Cummins, PhD, is an independent literacy consultant who lives in Chico, California, and consults nationally. Formerly she was Assistant Professor of Education in the Reading and Language Department at National Louis University and a facilitator for the New Schools Project at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Cummins worked in the public schools for 10 years as a middle school and third-grade teacher and as a literacy coach. She is the author of Close Reading of Informational Texts as well as articles in The Reading Teacher and Talking Points, and shares her work on teaching with informational texts by presenting at state, national, and international conferences. Her website is www.Sunday-Cummins.com.

Table of Contents


Introduction. The Issue of Informational Text Complexity
1. What Do We Mean by Text Complexity?
2. What Makes an Informational Text Complex?
3. What Do We Mean by an Author’s Purpose?
4. What Do We Mean by a Text’s Structure?
5. What Types of Details Are in Non-Narrative Texts?
6. What Types of Details Are in Narrative Texts?
7. Why Pay Attention to Connective Language?
8. How Are Main Ideas Constructed?
Closing Thoughts
Appendix. Study Guide

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