In order for students to write effective informational texts, they need to read good informational texts! In this practical book, you’ll find out how to use high-quality books and articles to make writing instruction more meaningful, authentic, and successful. The author demonstrates how you can help students analyze the qualities of effective informational texts and then help students think of those qualities as tools to improve their own writing. The book is filled with examples and templates you can bring back to the classroom immediately.

Special Features:

  • Offers clear suggestions for meeting the Common Core informational writing standards
  • Covers all aspects of informational writing, including introducing and developing a topic; grouping related information together; adding features that aid comprehension; linking ideas; and using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary
  • Includes a variety of assessment strategies and rubrics
  • Provides classroom snapshots to show the writing tools in action
  • Comes with a variety of templates and tools that can be photocopied or downloaded and printed from our website, www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138832060

Bonus! The book includes an annotated bibliography—a comprehensive list of recommended informational texts, with suggestions for how to use them.

chapter |8 pages


“The Tools of Informational Writing”: Helping Students Understand the Relationship between Mentor Texts and Their Own Informational Writing

part 1|74 pages

Informational Writing Strategies Aligned with the Common Core Standards for Grades 3–5

chapter 1|10 pages

Introducing a Topic

chapter 2|11 pages

Grouping Related Information Together

chapter 3|11 pages

Adding Features that Aid Comprehension

chapter 4|11 pages

Developing a Topic

chapter 5|12 pages

Linking Ideas

part 2|32 pages

Putting It Together

chapter 7|14 pages

Crafting a Concluding Section

chapter 8|10 pages

Assessment Strategies

part 3|34 pages