There’s a lot of talk these days about the type of text that we’re using in classes – too much narrative, not enough informational text, add more of this, take some of that away. 

Today I want to help you navigate the noise and give you something really practical that will make a big difference. 

What I’ve done with a lot of our clients is to start by looking at everything they’re currently using. 

Before adding anything, take a look at what you’re using right now and make a T-chart:

  • On one side, write all of the titles of the informational text that you’re teaching kids. 
  • On the other side, write all of the narrative texts that you’re using for the school year. 

If those two columns are not well balanced, then you need to make some adjustments. 

But then, I want you to go back to those lists and mark what kind of texts they are – is it chapter text? An article? A narrative piece? Long form? A checklist, or a recipe? 

When you look at not only what type of text you’re using, but what form it takes, that will really help you evaluate where you are and where you need to get to.

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