NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Unlocking Informational Text

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Students need to be able to investigate, navigate and interpret texts of all forms in order to understand the world around them. As we prepare young people for their future in a global society, complex or informational texts are making a strong push in curricula, and special attention must be given to increase the accessibility of these texts for all learners.  This course breaks down the approaches surrounding “close reading,” and integrates specific techniques to help students engage with complex or informational texts.  Students will be empowered to approach all kinds of informational texts and open the possibilities for engaging with an ever-evolving knowledge base of complex and informational text.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  1. Understand the benefits and structure of “close reading.”
  2. Guide students in their interpretation and processing of complex or informational texts.
  3. Understand how to deliver assessment-driven and structured lessons.
  4. Design and apply different techniques and strategies for close reading, including:
    • Synthesis
    • Features of a text
    • Setting a purpose
    • Self-monitoring
    • Determining importance in a text


Cummins, S. (2013) Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment-Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8.  New York: Guilford Press.  

Special Instructions:

This course is also available print-based.

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