Data shows that when students write informational texts, they are better able to comprehend and analyze texts within this genre. However, the perception of students is that all informational texts are BORING! Learn how to generate excitement and engagement for informational text while improving students’ efficacy and ability to:
Analyze author’s purpose, audience, and message
Analyze author’s use of print and graphic features
Identify and analyze organizational patterns and structures
Shift from using formulas and graphic organizers to imitating mentor texts
Explore topics, build schema, and craft authentic texts
Compose informational text using genre characteristics and craft
In this workshop, we will explore a variety of informational texts from the real world including multimodal texts, Tik-Tok videos, infographics, TED talks, etc. and strategies to support students to self-select texts. We will also learn strategies to empower student voice as they compose authentic informational texts.