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I suggest using graphic organizers either before or after the reading. Using an organizer before the reading gives the students something to look for in the reading, a purpose and direction. Using an organizer after the reading encourages the student to look back at the text and make comparisons, draw conclusions and make inferences.
Informational text should be used as a supplement to social studies instruction. It should not replace interactive activities.
More Graphic Organizers Aligned with Common Core Standards