Inside Information

Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text Through Project-Based Instruction, K–5


Nell K. Duke


Most teachers understand the importance of teaching children to read and write informational text. But how do they do it effectively—and in a way that is truly engaging? Nell K. Duke has the answer. With this book, she shows how to build skills in reading and writing informational text through project-based instruction. Children read and write for real purposes and audiences on topics that matter to them.

Drawing from the latest research, Duke provides a blueprint for developing project-based units from start to finish—units that move children through a logical progression of phases: Project Launch, Reading and Research, Writing and Research, Revision and Editing, and Presentation and Celebration. Packed with standards-aligned, classroom-tested teaching ideas, and the work of practicing teachers and their students, this book will become an essential resource for years to come.

"Nell Duke made a significant contribution to the field with her seminal research on the shortage of informational text in the early grades. Her work has single-handedly influenced one of the largest shifts in classroom practice. After reading this book, I'm convinced that her more recent focus on project-based instruction will make an equally significant contribution. It's powerful thinking that will undoubtedly influence another major shift in the way teachers teach and children learn."
—Kristin De Vivo, Executive Director, The George Lucas Educational Foundation

"In my work with teachers and administrators, I'm often asked, 'What does project-based instruction look like?' 'Where does it fit into the school day?' and 'How should I assess students?' This book answers those questions and many others. It is a must-read for educators preparing students for college and career readiness."
—Susan Masero, Elementary Literacy Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District

"Nell Duke is that rarest of species: a top researcher who can roll up her sleeves and teach a class at a moment's notice. Her latest contribution… is a practical guide to meeting standards through genuine, student-driven inquiry. See how kids can dig deeply into all kinds of texts, find the evidence they need, deliver the goods, and sometimes change the world, using a process that's (dare I say it?) engaging and fun."
—Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, coauthor of Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms, Fourth Edition

© 2014 | 192 pp.
IRA Stock No. 9318
Copublished with Scholastic, Inc.

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