Informational writing does not need to sound like an encyclopedia. It can be richly constructed with a wide variety of sentence patterns. Craft elements and literary devices should be highlighted and employed in informational texts just as carefully as we implement them in fiction.
Narrative Techniques in Informational Writing
Don't make me read another piece of boring writing!
* Blauman, Leslie, and Jim Burke. The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded Grades 3-5. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Literacy, 2014.
* Morrow, Lesley Mandel, et al. Teaching with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts: PreK-2. New York: The Guildford Press, 2013. Print.
Reading Foundational Skills
Strategies for Engaging Both Teachers and Students in the Formative Assessment Process
53 Ways to Check for Understanding
This big, printable list of assessment strategies will help you identify new ways to check for understanding and verify what students have learned.
The Multi-genre Research Project is a way to expose students to writing, literature, and research while deepening their understanding of a specific topic. The multi-genre paper asks students to see, understand, interpret, synthesize, and know their subject through multiple genres rather than a traditional or linear research-based paper.
Multi-genre Research & Writing Projects