The point is that my informational articles must bring out at least a little emotion in them for them to be inspired to continue to read and connect to the information. When you teach learners who are not wholly inspired to read and learn, it can be a battle. Reading novels is always much easier to get them to do when they can choose the novels, which they do in my class. However, the informational reading and associated thinking skills I drive that bus and design that instruction from news web articles, choosing topics that are age appropriate and somehow relevant to their lives. It's a constant job to find, design, and implement without them really being aware that they moved from hating the topic to relaxing into the topic and quite possibly learning along the way.
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