What type of words are used in the creature report?
Why do you think Captain Barnacle uses these types of words?
If these words were removed from the report, what might be the effect of this?
Discuss the language of informative texts, as outlined on slide 19 of the Exploring Informative Texts PowerPoint. Rewatch the video from the tuning in activity and ask the students to identify some examples of informative language used in the clip (there are several examples to choose from).
As a class, identify the language of generalization, the language of description and the language of comparison in the text on slide 20. Display and discuss the answers on slide 21.
Display the informative language activity on slide 22. On an large piece of paper, or in their workbooks, ask the students to draw a picture of the animal they have chosen. Around the picture, encourage the students to write descriptive and comparative words or phrases that could be included in an informative text about the topic.
Encourage the students to share their illustration and their description of their chosen animal with the rest of the class.
Choose one of the informative texts brought in by the students. Read the text to the class and encourage the students to raise their hands when they hear any examples of descriptive and comparative language.
Encourage students with stronger literacy skills to write a short paragraph about their chosen topic.
Allow students with lower literacy levels to work with a teacher or teacher aide during the independent activity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities