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Knowledge & Informational Texts

Texts are where humans share and store what they have learned. The reason for reading—regardless of whether texts are narrative or informational—is to acquire the knowledge that resides in texts. To truly become proficient readers of complex texts, students need to be immersed in informational texts. TextProject has numerous resources to support students increase their funds of information and engagement with informational texts.
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Presented on May 10, 2013 for the Massachusetts teachers and DOE representatives. Presentation slides will be made available at a later date. Words represent concepts, concepts are the basis of knowledge, and knowledge is presented in complex texts. To fully participate with complex texts requires a vibrant and generative vocabulary. Freddy will discuss how such vocabulary can be developed in classrooms with narrative and informational texts and across the grades.


The Common Core State Standards bring increased focus to what it is that students are learning in schools and what they need to know. Through read-alouds, students can be introduced to topics and genres that they might otherwise not be able to read independently. In this presentation, Freddy Hiebert describes how read-alouds are a means of extending children's funds of information about the world and also their knowledge of vocabulary.