As a result of reading and studying this chapter students will be able to:

  • Identify why informational text is often more difficult than narrative text
  • Identify types of informational texts
  • Identify five types of text structure
  • Match a graphic organizer for each of the types of text structure
  • Identify how graphic organizers support students' comprehension of informational text
  • Name and explain the three overlapping features of considerate text
  • Identify ways in which students can recognize the text structure of informational text
  • Identify three types of metacognitive awareness that help students monitor their comprehension of informational text
  • Describe how the KWL procedure helps students connect to their world knowledge
  • Identify ways in which students can apply the strategy of prediction to informational text
  • Describe how the QAR framework can help students answer questions about informational text
  • Identify how teachers can help students learn to use the strategy of visualization when reading informational text
  • Identify two summarizing strategies that can help students comprehend and recall content in informational text
  • Compare how reader response differs when reading informational and narrative text
  • Describe the characteristics of an engaged reader
  • Identify the benefits and additional demands of reading Web-based text
  • Explain the benefits of increasing instructional time with informational text in the primary grades
  • Identify the type of texts that become increasingly important after grade 3
  • Explain when and how to assess comprehension of informational text

Key Terms

  • Expository text
  • Considerate texts
  • Coherence
  • Metacognitive awareness
  • Clink and Clunk
  • Engaged readers
  • Web-based text



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