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Strategies to Engage Young Learners with Informational Text

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Engage Young Learners with Informational Text

Presented by Nell K. Duke, Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan

Sponsored by PBS TeacherLine

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This edWebinar shares why and how to effectively engage young children with informational text using a variety of resources—including the acclaimed children’s television and video game resources from Molly of Denali. Informational text helps young children develop word knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Rising expectations necessitate children spend a substantial amount of their literacy time on informational text, yet many teachers want to know more about how to use this text type. This edWebinar is a great opportunity to learn effective ways to meaningfully engage your children with informational text.

Drawing from research and her knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and other standards documents, Nell K. Duke, Professor at the University of Michigan, clarifies what informational text is and provide targeted strategies for its use in preschool to grade 2 classrooms.

In this edWebinar,:

  • Understand that informational texts have distinct purposes, structures, and features
  • Learn to construct informational text sets and design informational writing projects
  • Explore interactive read-alouds and other foundational practices for supporting students in their work with informational text

Watch this information-packed edWebinar to learn how to leverage informational text as a powerful tool to help students become strong learners. This recorded edWebinar will be of particular benefit to preschool through elementary teachers and librarians.


Nell DukeAbout the Presenter

Nell Duke, Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Michigan School of Education, focuses her work on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. She has published widely, including her most recent book, Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction. Duke is co-editor of The Research-Informed Classroom book series and co-editor of the Not This, But That book series. She is the literacy consultant for the PBS KIDS television series Molly of Denali, a program designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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