Provide focused instruction using leveled books for excellent opportunities to expose students to
informational texts as stressed by the Common Core State Standards. The CCSS defines "informational text" as
a broad category of nonfiction resources, including: biographies; autobiographies; books about history,
social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts (including how-to books and procedural books); and
Leveled Books and their accompanying lesson plans, worksheets, comprehension quizzes, and discussion
cards help teach students the skills and strategies to successfully read and comprehend informational
Studies show that only 7-15% of classroom time is spent studying informational text. Yet
by sixth grade, most of what students are required to read is nonfiction. What's more, 80% of all adult
reading is devoted to expository or nonfiction text. Success with informational text is critical to
students' future success in higher education and the workplace.
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