SELA INFOMATION-BASED TEXTS GENRE STUDY
An interesting way to immerse students in information-based texts is to have them explore the ways these texts differ from other text genres. Provide a selection of different information-based texts (articles, biographies, literary nonfiction, graphic memoirs, etc.) and invite student to read and discuss the conventions found in these texts.
Often, when students are engaged in inquiry or social action projects, they come to a point where they need to write to people in power. Randy and Katherine Bomer talk about some of the ways teachers can help students write more effective letters:
talk about the way writing can take different forms depending on whether it is meant to persuade, sell, inform, or redress grievances;
consider the audience for their letters and discuss how this impacts the form and content for the writing;
provide samples of letters as models for students to analyze and discuss;
look at form and language used in most effective letters, record observations brought up during discussions;
use these observations to guide student writing.