A Note About the Common Core State Standards While compiling this sample of activities I used the broader College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR) for Reading, Writing, and Speaking/Listening.
I have attempted to offer both “literary” and “informational” text, while acknowledging that many authentic reading samples may not fit neatly into one category or the other.
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic provides a sampling of mentor texts for Poetry while simultaneously providing the content and specialized vocabulary that is the hallmark of “Informational Text.”
Historical Fiction, as its name implies, is a hybrid of Literary and Informational text.
Because of the limitations of time and equipment I was not able to address CCR Anchor Standards for Speaking/Listening [CCR.SL.5] and Writing [CCR.W.9] that call for strategic use of digital media and visual displays. To address this I have included links to examples of student projects generated with a variety of media tools. For those who wish to explore these popular digital tools I have included the proper links.