What is informational text?
Informational text is a broad category of nonfiction resources, including: biographies; autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts ---including how-to books and procedural books--- and literary nonfiction.
Students will benefit from rereading, summarizing, and responding to some of the topics as suggested in a handout given out during parent-teacher conferences in November (Questions to Ask About Reading). Students have copies to use here. Rereading, monitoring, note-taking, and summarizing what has been read are also tools readers use to comprehend passages.
Something else that may be helpful is a comparison of close reading vs. not-so-close reading (close reading is a careful and purposeful reading of a selection)--
What close readers do differently:
Focus on the text.
Pay attention to language.
Uncover deeper meaning.
Read the text once.
Let their thinking wander.
Take the text at face value.
Ignore syntax clues.
Understand only at surface level.
Students will have more opportunities to show competence with information text reading as the term goes on. Another thing to consider is that as the year continues, so does text-complexity.
Selecting nonfiction library books will help students with complex texts.