In whole group reading, we've been working on narrative informational texts. This concept was a tad difficult for our students to wrap their brains around.
The text is informational and designed to provide facts to the readers. However, the text is also written as a story. These texts aren't literature because the characters and settings are real people.
We used historical passages from the American Revolutionary Era to help students with this concept. We chose this because students were already familiar with some of the key historical players and we could incorporate social studies content.
When students were reading, they also had to analyze the text to determine the text structure. They made organizers in their notebook and I used the social studies readers.
I split the class into groups and gave them different sections to read.
After giving them time to struggle with the text, they met with another group to compare answers. For the most part, both groups came up with the same answers.
They did really well with this concept!