Module 23: Reading for Information - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit, students will learn how to discover new information in what they read. They will learn how to make inferences while reading informational text. Students will learn the difference between explicit and implicit messages. Students will learn how to identify the details that support a specific message or main idea.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 8: Practice 2 None
2 Informational Text highlighter
independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Informational Inferences printer and scanner (optional)
independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Explicit and Implicit Messages independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Details That Support Messages independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 8: Practice 2
2 Informational Text
  1. Distinguish between informational text and fiction.
  2. Read for details in informational text.
3 Informational Inferences
  1. Make inferences based on the details in an informational text.
4 Explicit and Implicit Messages
  1. Distinguish between explicit and implicit messages.
  2. Explain the explicit and implicit messages in informational text.
5 Details That Support Messages
  1. Identify details that convey explicit and implicit messages.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
informational text
explicit messages
implicit messages

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Informational Text 5 Seeing It All Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 8: Practice 2 To prepare for the Spelling 8: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Informational Text
3 Informational Inferences
4 Explicit and Implicit Messages
5 Details That Support Messages

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Informational Text
  1. What is informational text?
Informational Inferences
  1. What is an inference?
Explicit and Implicit Messages
  1. What is the difference between an explicit and implicit message?
Details That Support Messages
  1. What are the details of a text?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Informational Text Have Information, Will Time Travel
  1. What are the different types of informational text?
  2. What informational texts could you read to learn more about the topic in the video?
Explicit and Implicit Messages Stuff Happens
  1. What does the first section of the video tell you about people's understanding of the products their pets use?
  2. What is Bill Nye's message about cat litter?
Details That Support Messages Pets
  1. What details from the video support the message that pet waste is bad for the environment?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Weird But True Gross: 300 Slimy, Sticky, and Smelly Facts National Geographic Kids IG1010L
2 Dinosaurs (Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides) Ken Jennings 960L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing