Online Sources for Informational Text


A big shout-out to my friend and colleague, Dawn Reynolds, for snagging some great sites as sources of short web-based articles for kids.  Last year, Dawn and I collaborated on a reciprocal teaching reading project, we have been scouring the Internet to find short articles (mostly non-fiction) to practice the reciprocal teaching strategies.  Once we find a great short article (preferrably related to the science and social studies content) we use http://www.joliprint.com/ to convert the web-based article into a pdf document (and get rid of the web junk on the left and right of the webpage. 

  Here are some other great sources for finding informational text online:



















The Internet Public Library (newspapers & magazines)



Newseum (6-12)


Newsmap - Visual News (like Wordle for news) (6-12)

http://newsmap.jp/







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11 comments

Kellie said...

AWESOME Sites! Many thanks for sharing :)

♥ Kathy ♥ said...

I shared this on my blog. Which happens to be NOTHING like yours.. yours is awesome. I don't even know how many people read mine. ANYWAY!! I thought it was a great resource and one I wanted to keep!
Happy Summer!

me said...

Thanks for sharing! I've been looking for resources for informational text :) I'm looking forward to trying out the PDF converter (www.joliprint.com)

Connie Casserly said...

I am creating a non-fiction reading/writing project for 6th-12th graders. After copying the URL for Kelly Gallagher's site and the NY Times Learning Network, I came across yours. What a FANTASTIC resource. I am going to add some of the age-appropriate sites you include here, if you don't mind. Thank you for doing the research. Wonderful blog!
Connie
teachitwrite.blogspot.com

Jennifer Jones said...

Great! Sure, no problem!

Ross Bussell said...

Thanks for sharing. I linked to your post from my blog in a post about informational text resources. The one thing I've noticed is that joliprint.com is no longer in service. I found http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/ works pretty well in place of it though.

Nora said...

Hi,

Do you think I would be able to do this with first graders?

AMC Looking From Third to Fourth said...

Thanks for all of these great links! I appreciate you sharing all of this and saving me so much time!

Kelli Wise said...

Thank you so much! I can't wait to start checking out all of these resources. I feel like I've hit the jackpot by reading this post! I'm a blogging newbie, so I don't have many followers yet... but I'll be directing my followers to your blog for sure!

:) Kelli Wise
www.writenowschoolsisters.blogspot.com

signs sheffield said...

Wow! You teach students? That's really great!
You are a perfect source of inspiration for many of us! Thank you and keep blogging!

Kim Miller said...

Awesome sites! I did a google search for Non-Fiction Websites for Kids and found your blog. I am also from NC! I teach 4th grade in West Jefferson (Ashe County) in the upper northwestern part of NC. I regularly check my state ranking on TPT, and you are always ranked as the #1 seller for NC! Way to go!!! :) I'm usually anywhere from 28th to 30th. I also follow you on TPT and FB! Love your blog! I'm your newest follower on BlogLovin! :)

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