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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Lesson Seeds: The lesson seeds are ideas for the indicator/objective that can be used to build a lesson. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.

Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 1. Apply and refine comprehension skills by selecting, reading, and analyzing a variety of print and non-print informational texts, including electronic media

Objective c. Select and read to gain information from personal interest materials such as books, pamphlets, how-to manuals, magazines, web sites, and other online materials


Students should work with partners or in cooperative groups to generate lists of personal interests. Once the lists are complete, students should propose possible sources for information about these interests. Next, students should be rearranged so that they will work with those who share their same interests. The teacher should gather a variety of documents for each of these interests, place students in rearranged groups, and have them review the materials. Each group should report to the class the kind of information found and any sources for their topics which they had not expected to find.


The teacher will provide students with a wide variety of informational texts or, if feasible, have students bring some of these texts from home. Students should select from among the texts, review the text, and complete a 3-2-1 statement. Students should list three new pieces of information from the text, two interesting ideas from the text, and one question they have that was not answered by the text. Random students can share their findings.


Students should rotate through a series of stations where personal interest texts are available. Each station should display only a single type of text. Once students have completed the rotation, they should select a single text that interested them. Students should spend significant time with that text and then complete the following chart. Once charts are completed, random students may share their thoughts.

Reading to Learn About ____________________
Type of Text _____________________________
Using words or pictures, tell below four ideas you learned from reading the informational text.


The teacher should create a themed day (magazine or brochure day, for example) to review particular types of informational texts. Multiple copies of a variety of designated texts should be made available to students. Students should be allowed to peruse and select a text of interest to them. Once they have been given sufficient time to read their chosen text, students should be placed with partners. With their partners, students should discuss what favorite pieces of information they learned, and, if the teacher chooses, those features or characteristics they associate with that particular kind of text.