Reading and Writing Authentic Informational Texts In Secondary ELAR

Data shows that when students write informational texts, they are better able to comprehend and analyze texts within this genre. However, the perception of students is that all informational texts are BORING! Learn how to generate excitement and engagement for informational text while improving students’ efficacy and ability to: 

  • Analyze author’s purpose, audience, and message

  • Analyze author’s use of print and graphic features

  • Identify and analyze organizational patterns and structures

  • Shift from using formulas and graphic organizers to imitating mentor texts

  • Explore topics, build schema, and craft authentic texts

  • Compose informational text using genre characteristics and craft

In this workshop, we will explore a variety of informational texts from the real world including multimodal texts, Tik-Tok videos, infographics, TED talks, etc. and strategies to support students to self-select texts. We will also learn strategies to empower student voice as they compose authentic informational texts.


6-12 ELAR teachers
Elena Sammon & Angela Buckingham
Reading, Writing, Literacy, English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)
1 - Planning, T-TESS 2 - Instruction, T-TESS 1.1 - Planning: Standards and Alignment, T-TESS 1.4 - Planning: Activities, T-TESS 2.2 - Instruction: Content Knowledge and Expertise 1 - Instructional Leadership, T-PESS 2 - Human Capital, T-PESS 1.1A - Ensures curricula aligned with state standards, T-PESS 1.1B - Monitors and ensures high quality instruction, T-PESS 2.2A - Maintains diverse and high quality work force

CPE Credits: 6.00  
Registration Closes: 11/30/2021 5:00 pm
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723
Wed. 12/1/2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm