Informational ELA Mentor Texts

Informational ELA mentor texts

I just finished up my Literature mentor texts blog post, check that out here. Are you now looking for mentor texts for informational ELA standards?

Now, it’s time for the informational ELA mentor texts! My ELA packs for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade include three mini-lessons, printables, passages, interactive notebook activities, task cards, and an assessment. Some of these activities are really complimented when books that focus on that specific standard are used. I have had many, many requests for a suggested book list. So, I wanted to create a blog post for my ELA teachers to reference when using mentor texts for ELA! All the books that are linked in this blog post are linked to affiliate Amazon links.

Mentor texts for ask and answer questions

Ask and Answer Questions

Ask and Answer Questions (RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1)
-Key skills to hit- answer text-dependent questions and ask strong questions for more information

Mentor texts for main topic and main idea

Main Topic and Main Idea

Main Topic/Main Idea (RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.3)
-Key skills to hit- finding the main topic (1st and 2nd grade) and main idea (3rd grade); finding key details to support the topic or idea

Mentor texts for making connections

Making Connections – Informational ELA Mentor Texts

Making Connections (RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3)
-Key skills to hit- connections within historical events, scientific ideas, or technical processes

Mentor texts for unknown vocabulary

Unknown Vocabulary

Unknown Vocabulary (RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4)
-Key skills to hit- new vocabulary, words and phrases, context clues

Mentor texts for text features

Informational ELA Mentor Texts – Text Features

Text Features (RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5)
-Key skills to hit- know and use various text features

Mentor texts for author's purpose

Author’s Purpose or Point of View

Author’s Purpose or Point of View (RI.2.6, RI.3.6)
-Key skills to hit- find author’s point of view, compare author’s point of view to their own

Mentor texts for images in a text

Images in a Text

Images in a Text (RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7)
-Key skills to hit- use images in a text to further understand the text

Mentor texts for author's point

Author’s Point and Reasons

Author’s Point and Reasons (RI.1.8, RI.2.8)
-Key skills to hit- find the main point the author is trying to make, find the reasons the author gives for their point

Mentor texts for text structures

Text Structures- Informational ELA mentor texts

Text Structures (RI.3.8)
-Key skills to hit- compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence

Mentor texts comparing nonfiction

Informational ELA Mentor Texts – Comparing Nonfiction

Comparing Nonfiction (RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9)
-Key skills to hit- find the important points from two texts, find similarities and differences between them

Suggested Standards-Based Literature Activities

For full ELA units with mini lessons for these books and extra reading passages (and much more), check out the grade level sets for RI standards. If you click the links below, check out your grade level. They’re sold separately as well if you only want one or two standards at a time.

book stack of informational ELA book suggestions

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