CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - The local newspaper can be used for many things, from wedding announcements to sports scores - and at Hearnes Elementary, can also be used for teaching.
Carla Kelly, fifth grade reading teacher, is using newspapers to teach her students the value of "informational text," a type of non-fiction or fact.
Kelley's first lesson was on the parts of a paper and how to find information. The class will use news stories as writing prompts, search for context clues in the text, identify vocabulary words, and much more in the weeks to come.
According to Kelley, informational text is part of a major shift in today's Missouri Common Core Standards, which states that reading text will help students "be better readers in all content areas."