A student cuddles into the corner of his classroom and opens his favorite book. He buries himself into the pages as he randomly laughs loudly every few minutes. In another corner is another student sitting at a table with several books open. Next to her is a highlighter and sticky notes. It seems as though she is completed glued to every detail on the page. These are two great students, but are reading for two different purposes. The writers of the Common Core Standards made a distinct difference literary and informational text. There are several specific skills that live in each of the type of texts and it's important that student know the difference. I often see FREE resources that allow students to practice reading literary stories and identify the main idea. No, no, no, no, please stop! Creating misconceptions for struggling readers can hinder mastery of various reading skills in the years to come. Be intentional with teaching students skills that can be found in literary or informational texts. Yes, there are a few skills that cross over but MAIN IDEA is not one of them. As educators we are layering a stronger foundation in each student's learning and we slow progress when we have to undo concepts that they have mastered. Our job is so important in our students' engagement with both literary and informational text.
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