Informational Text Tools

Supporting learning with informational text

Informational Text in the Common Core

One of the changes that the Common Core has brought about in our schools is an emphasis on the use of informational text in instruction. Below are some tools that we like for working with informational text to create discussion, acquire vocabulary, support research, and visualizing the main idea of a text. What tools do you like to use in your instruction?

Researching with Citelighter

The research process often takes us into informational text where we read to find the answers to our questions or points that support our argument or thesis. Citelighter is a tool that allows you to highlight and annotate text on a webpage. But, the best part is that you'll find all the information you've gathered back in your online account along with citations from the sources used. A quick export to a Word document provides you with the basis for creating your report.