Six Shifts in ELA: More Informational Text

Marsha Ingrao

Bill and Melinda Gates want our students reading more informational texts.  Actually, that’s what we do primarily as adults, so much so that many people don’t have left over time to read for the pure pleasure of it.

For those of us who teach history-social studies this shift is a godsend.  When it comes to Social Studies, there are two questions to answer about this shift.

  • What non-fiction or informational text should my students read?
  • How should I support the language arts teacher in teaching the students to read in my content area of history-social science.

What to Read:  Recommending Informational Texts

First of all there are many recommended and interesting non-fiction items  that are as pleasurable to read as fiction.  In the Implementation Toolkit published by Tulare County Office of Education aligning the ELA Common Core Standards and the History-Social Science Analysis Skills, there is a…

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