The Windward Institute - Courses, Workshops, and Lectures

  • Reading and Language Skills
Effective Teaching Methods for Informational Text in the Elementary Grades

Dates: Wednesday, November 29
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Instructor: Nicole Hertz, MS and Sarah Nordgren, MA 
Recommended Participants: Administrators, Educators
Grades: K - 5 
Price: $120
*SoR Connection
*Follow up coaching session available. See course offerings.

Can be taken as part of the reading comprehension bundle.

Why this course:

Research supports having children understand and interact with complex, informational texts across content areas. Students benefit from explicit instruction in identifying text structure, examining text features, and distinguishing salient from less relevant information as they build comprehension and new knowledge. This workshop provides educators with a robust, integrated approach to effectively use informational texts in daily lessons. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Examine elements of nonfiction/informational articles and utilize text features to promote comprehension 

  • Organize information using graphic organizers aligned with text structure 

  • Learn to activate and build student background knowledge and vocabulary 

  • Generate checks for understanding and discussion questions to enrich comprehension and support student language development 

  • Integrate structured activities for summarizing using techniques from The Windward School’s Expository Writing Program 

  • Fall Course
  • WI Virtual