The Common Core State Standards have been developed to outline the knowledge and skills each student should learn within their K-12 education. These standards are designed to provide consistent benchmarks for learning that are relevant to the real world. One such relevant benchmark is a student's ability to comprehend informational texts before graduating high school.
Research has shown that older students struggle to comprehend informational texts due to a lack of exposure to them from an early age. Therefore, the Common Core State Standards have increased the amount of informational texts that students will read, write, and consider, starting at a younger age. This is all well and good, but what exactly is an informational text?
Informational text is defined as text with the purpose of expressing information about the arts, sciences, or social studies. Informational texts include newspaper and magazine articles, online information, nonfiction books, textbooks, and reference materials. We're happy to say that all of our books at Nomad Press fall under one of the following categories of informational texts: literary nonfiction, expository, persuasion, and procedural!
- Literary Nonfiction texts are typically written much more like a story--like a fictional story--with a beginning, middle and end. Texts in this category include letters, speeches, essays, and biographies.
- Persuasive texts provide evidence with the intent of influencing the beliefs or actions of the reader. They often include claims and evidence to support those claims. A persuasive text will attempt to change the reader's mind or opinion.
- Expository texts explain a specific topic. They often contain a table of contents, an index, or other navigational sections so that readers may read only the portions of the books that interest them.
- Procedural texts offer step-by-step guidelines that describe how to complete a task. They usually include drawings and diagrams to illustrate the process.
You can download our complete Common Core Catalog here.