Academic Standard

Informational Text
Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
In the Information Age the importance of being able to read and write informational texts critically and well cannot be overstated. Informational literacy is central to success, and even survival, in schooling, the workplace, and the community. - Nell Duke, Michigan State University Informational text is designed to convey factual information rather than tell or advance a narrative. Informational texts contain ideas, facts, and principles related to the physical, biological, or social world. They may take many different forms: picture books, photo essays, chapter books, articles and essays, letters, diaries and journals, observational notes, factual references (almanacs, books of statistics, books of world records), brochures, manuals, and text books. Informational text may employ techniques such as lists, comparing/contrasting, or demonstrating cause/effect, and may be accompanied by graphs or charts.Conceptual StrandThe world is filled with a variety of informational texts; learners must have a comprehensive set of skills for effective interpretation of this type of text.Guiding QuestionWhy is it important for learners to have a comprehensive set of skills for interpreting a variety of texts?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Follow simple multi-step directions in a short informational text.
Comprehend the main ideas and supporting details of informational texts.
Interpret the graphics that support informational texts.
Check For Understanding
Follow simple multi-step directions in informational texts to complete a specific task.
Identify and state the main ideas and supporting details of informational texts.
Explore various forms of informational texts (e.g., newspapers, pamphlets, manuals, magazines).
Recognize and use text features to comprehend informational texts (e.g., time lines, graphs, charts, maps and legends, illustrations).