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Informational Texts

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Angela White

on 5 March 2013

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Transcript of Informational Texts

Problem/Solution The author presents a problem to the reader and offers one or more solutions to the problem. Compare/Contrast Authors use comparisons to describe ideas to readers.
Similarities and differences of the idea are shared. What is an informational Text? Description The major idea is supported by a list of details or examples
Answers the 5 W's! Sequence A text that is presented in a certain sequence, mainly beginning to end. Cause/Effect The author gives reasons for the causes of the main idea in the text and offers the effects of those causes Informational Texts Non-Fiction Text
Presents information or opinions for the reader about the natural or social world
Normally textually organized -- There is a structure to the text 5 General Types: Description
Sequence
Cause/effect
Compare/contrast
Problem/solution Were can you find informational texts? Newspapers
Cookbooks
Textbooks Can you think of any more? How can I tell if an article is an informational text? Look at the title of your article; This can give you a hint to what the article is actually about.

Next, you want to glance over the entire article, reading the bold print, looking at the pictures, and noticing anything else that stands out.

Once you start reading, you want to determine if the article is FACT or OPINION -- this will help you understand the purpose of the text.

It also might help if you jot down a few notes as you read your text. This can help jog your memory. Key Words: For example
For instance
Characteristics include
Specifically
In addition to
the use of the colon (:) Key Words Before
In the beginning
To start
First
Next
During
After
Then
Finally
Last
In the end Example: Cookbook Key Terms: Since
Because
If
Due to
As a result of
So
Then
Leads to
Consequently Key
Terms Similar
Alike
Same
Just like
Both
Different
Unlike
In contrast
On the other hand Key Terms Problem
Issue
Cause
Since
Consequently
Therefore
As a Result
Because of
Leads to
Due to
Solve
So
Then From just reading the title and looking at the picture, what do you think this text is about? Activity Each table has a different article. Go through EACH step from your informational text outline. Write down notes for each step on your exit ticket (**HINT** highlight/underline any key words that you find). Once you have gone through all of the steps, try to figure out what type of informational text it is. Jot down on your paper 2-3 reasons why you think it is that type of text (**HINT** look at the definitions of each type of text). Discuss.
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