Common Core

Common Core State Standards

Nomad Press titles offer teachers some of the best resources on the market today to enhance classroom curriculum. All of our titles comply with national standards for social studies or science, as well as with Common Core State Standards.

Research has shown that older students struggle to comprehend informational, or nonfiction, texts due to a lack of exposure 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. So what exactly is 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. All Nomad Press books fall under one of the following categories of informational texts: literary nonfiction, expository, persuasive, or 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Procedural texts offer step-by-step guidelines that describe how to complete a task. They usually include drawings and diagrams to illustrate the process.