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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

Use an observational checklist or anecdotal notes in the whole group or a small group to document whether students can recognize characteristics and structures of informational text, including the steps in a sequence. Consider using prompts to assist students.

Example of adult prompt:

We just read a story about baking bread. Let's talk through the steps of baking bread. Open your book and try to find the first thing you should do. Yes, you first need to make sure you have all the ingredients to make bread. Now, let's think about the next step. Keep flipping in your book to find the next step. You might want to look on page five. Great! Next, we mix all the ingredients together. What is the last thing you to do bake bread? That's right, we put the bread in the oven.

Informational texts are texts that present information in order to explain, clarify, and/or educate. In kindergarten, this could include procedural texts, magazines, menus, nonfiction books, and pamphlets. Informational text characteristics include text and graphic features such as a table of contents, captions, bold print, diagrams, etc. Informational text structures include compare/contrast, central idea with supporting facts, description, and cause/effect.
a text that presents information to explain, clarify, and/or educate
order of succession
The order of events. Typically, words that include first, next, then, before, after, last, finally, and in conclusion signal sequence.