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Topic: Informational genres 

Language Arts

 Standard 7.  Uses skills and strategies to read a variety of informational texts
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Reads a variety of informational texts (e.g., written directions, signs, captions, warning labels, informational books)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Reads written directions
     2.Reads signs
     3.Reads captions
     4.Reads warning labels
     5.Reads informational books
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Reads a variety of informational texts (e.g., textbooks, biographical sketches, letters, diaries, directions, procedures, magazines)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Reads textbooks appropriate to grades 3-5
     2.Reads biographical sketches appropriate to grades 3-5
     3.Reads letters appropriate to grades 3-5
     4.Reads diaries appropriate to grades 3-5
     5.Reads directions appropriate to grades 3-5
     6.Reads procedures appropriate to grades 3-5
     7.Reads magazines appropriate to grades 3-5
   Benchmark 2.Knows the defining characteristics (e.g., how ideas are developed and structured within paragraphs, chapters, and sections) of a variety of informational texts.
    Knowledge/skill statements
     3.Knows characteristics of biographical sketches appropriate to grades 3-5
     4.Knows characteristics of letters appropriate to grades 3-5
     5.Knows characteristics of diaries appropriate to grades 3-5
     6.Knows characteristics of directions appropriate to grades 3-5
     7.Knows characteristics of procedures appropriate to grades 3-5
     8.Knows characteristics of magazines appropriate to grades 3-5
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Reads a variety of informational texts (e.g., electronic texts; textbooks; biographical sketches; directions; essays; primary source historical documents, including letters and diaries; print media, including editorials, news stories, periodicals, and magazines; consumer, workplace, and public documents, including catalogs,technical directions, procedures, and bus routes)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Reads electronic texts appropriate to grades 6-8
     2.Reads textbooks appropriate to grades 6-8
     3.Reads biographical sketches appropriate to grades 6-8
     4.Reads directions appropriate to grades 6-8
     5.Reads essays appropriate to grades 6-8
     6.Reads primary source historical documents appropriate to grades 6-8
     7.Reads letters appropriate to grades 6-8
     8.Reads diaries appropriate to grades 6-8
     9.Reads editorials appropriate to grades 6-8
     10.Reads news stories appropriate to grades 6-8
     11.Reads periodicals appropriate to grades 6-8
     12.Reads magazines appropriate to grades 6-8
     13.Reads consumer documents
     14.Reads workplace documents
     15.Reads public documents appropriate to grades 6-8
     16.Reads catalogs appropriate to grades 6-8
     17.Reads technical directions
     18.Reads procedures appropriate to grades 6-8
     19.Reads bus routes
   Benchmark 2.Knows the defining structural characteristics (e.g., how ideas are developed and structured within sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and sections) and features (e.g., charts, graphs, photos, instructions, diagrams, format) used in informational texts
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the defining structural characteristics used in informational texts
     2.Knows the defining features used in informational texts
     3.Understands how ideas are developed and structured within sentences
     4.Understands how ideas are developed and structured within paragraphs
     5.Understands how ideas are developed and structured within chapters
     6.Understands how ideas are developed and structured within sections
     7.Knows that charts are a defining feature used in informational texts
     8.Knows that graphs are a defining feature used in informational texts
     9.Knows that photos are a defining feature used in informational texts
     10.Knows that instructions are a defining feature used in informational texts
     11.Knows that diagrams are a defining feature used in informational texts
     12.Knows that format is a defining feature used in informational texts
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Reads a variety of informational texts (e.g., textbooks, biographical sketches, letters, diaries, directions, procedures, magazines, essays, primary source historical documents, editorials, news stories, periodicals, catalogs, job-related materials, schedules, speeches, memoranda, public documents, maps)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Reads textbooks appropriate to 9-12
     2.Reads biographical sketches appropriate to 9-12
     3.Reads letters appropriate to 9-12
     4.Reads diaries appropriate to 9-12
     5.Reads directions appropriate to 9-12
     6.Reads magazines appropriate to 9-12
     7.Reads procedures appropriate to 9-12
     8.Reads essays appropriate to 9-12
     9.Reads primary source historical documents appropriate to 9-12
     10.Reads editorials appropriate to 9-12
     11.Reads news stories appropriate to 9-12
     12.Reads periodicals appropriate to 9-12
     13.Reads public documents appropriate to 9-12
     14.Reads catalogs appropriate to 9-12
     15.Reads job-related materials
     16.Reads schedules
     17.Reads speeches
     18.Reads memoranda
     19.Reads maps
   Benchmark 2.Knows the defining characteristics of a variety of informational texts (e.g., structural features that aid information gathering, use of rhetorical devices, visual and quantitative presentation of information, logical sequencing of information, application of legal reasoning, practical or political purposes)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the ways in which different informational texts use structural features to aid information gathering
     2.Understands the ways in which informational texts use rhetorical devices
     3.Understands ways in which different informational texts visually present information
     4.Understands ways in which different informational texts present quantitative information
     5.Understands the use of logical sequencing of information in a variety of informational texts
     6.Knows informational texts characterized by the application of legal reasoning
     7.Understands how informational texts can serve practical purposes
     8.Understands how informational texts can serve political purposes