Blogs tagged "informational text"

Walking with Thoreau on Cape Cod

Corn Hill Beach, Truro, Massachusetts.
Most persons visit the seaside in warm weather…but I suspect fall is the best season…In October, when the landscape wears its autumnal tints,…that I am convinced is the best time to visit this shore…the thoughtful days begin, and we can walk anywhere with profit.—Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod  Read More »
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Engaging with Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study in his home in Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusett
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar speechRalph Waldo Emerson is an exemplary author whose essays may be used to fulfill the ELA informational texts requirement for the Common Core. Here are some ways teachers can engage 21st-century students with Emerson’s thinking and rhetoric.Read More »

“The Year at Maple Hill Farm”: An Informational Text Exemplar

George Henry Durrie, "Farmyard in Winter," 1858
February follows January. The forest pond is frozen solid, all but a marshy place where the spring water feeds the pond. —The Year at Maple Hill FarmRead More »
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“One Hundred Years of Solitude”

The African Palm Tree Forest
Thus they went on living in a reality that was slipping away, momentarily captured by words, but which would escape irremediably when they forgot the values of the written letters. ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of SolitudeRead More »
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An informational text for the Classroom: "The Belief that Flight is Possible" letter by Wilbur Wright

For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. —Wilbur Wright’s letter to Octave Chanute, dated May 13, 1900Read More »