Reading Information Texts for Grade 7


Teaching reading information text for 7 grade?

You’ve come to the right spot.  Here are 22 ready to use mini lessons and mentor texts that will make teaching a snap.

Everything you need to tackle RI CCSS for grade 7.  You can use all year with any text.  Perfect for scaffolding and differentiation.


Ready to teach reading information texts for grade 7?

No planning needed — you’ll have everything you need for the entire year– digital & print!

Meet the needs of your students without searching for ways to do it AND teach all of the RI 7th Grade standards. 

Focus on your students instead of searching for texts with these 22 ready-to-use Reading Information text mini lessons!

Ready to use today!

Here’s what teachers are saying about my mini lessons:

  • “I love how this resource breaks down each step of the process for students to make it more manageable.”
  • “Your organization is outstanding, and your thorough planning (with ALL your mini-lessons) is appreciated more than you know. Even if I, myself, spent days creating a set of mini-lessons to use in class, I don’t think they would give me the the comfort and excitement that yours do.”
  • “I love the option of creating a workbook for them at the beginning of the unit, and I especially love the “I Can” statements at the top of each lesson (my principal will love that, too!). The teacher pages are a huge part of what makes this so amazing, though; your instructions, notes, standards, and lesson calendars are so thorough and incredibly helpful. The name of your store really says it all…Just Add Students!!”

Read on for what’s in this mega resource.

This resource includes:

  • 22 Mini Lessons — both print & digital
  • Two cover choices (one full-color, one blackline) that you can use to create a workbook for your students
  • 22 standards posters written in student-friendly language
  • four nonfiction texts that you can use right away to start teaching these skills! Included two texts that argue address opposite points.
  • Mentor texts are four different reading levels for differentiation
  • Each mentor text includes comprehension questions
  • lesson planning charts
  • Answer Key using the nonfiction texts in the zip file. This will give you an idea of how to use the mini lessons with other texts. You may wish to choose your own nonfiction texts.
  • teaching tips to help you get the most out of this jam-packed resource!

Each mini lesson includes:

  • a manageable portion of the RI standards
  • student friendly restatement of the standard
  • easy-to-follow explanation of the standard
  • a “Demonstrate your Understanding” that directs the student’s task for the day
  • print version: students can cut off the bottom portion of the page to use as an exit card or assessment
  • digital version: students can turn in the activity they completed
  • students can add notes for each lesson to a digital or print notebook to create a reading resource
  • a “Reflection Question” focuses on higher order thinking skills and helps summarize the mini lesson. Ideal “wrap up” or use as a warm up for the next class.

The 22 mini lessons address:

  1. What is an informational text? Anchor chart
  2. How to read an informational text (note taking and annotation)
  3. Cite text evidence & determine two or more central ideas in a text
  4. Analyze their development over the course of a text
  5. Provide an objective summary
  6. Cite several pieces of text evidence to support analysis of inferences
  7. Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas
  8. Determine meaning of words and phrases
  9. Determine meaning of figurative language
  10. Determine the meaning of connotative language
  11. Determine technical meanings
  12. Analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  13. Analyze the structure an author uses
  14. Analyze how major sections contribute to the whole and development of ideas
  15. Determine point of view
  16. Determine author purpose
  17. Analyze how the author distinguishes position from others
  18. Compare and contrast a text to audio, video, or multi media
  19. Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims
  20. Assess whether the reasoning is sound and evidence is relevant
  21. Analyze how two or more authors write about the same topic
  22. Read and comprehend literary nonfiction

This is going to save you so much time!

Reasons to love this workhorse of a resource for teaching reading informational texts:

  • perfect for blended, distance, or in-person learning!
  • project slides on your white board or use in your screen cast or video.
  • use to differentiate lessons
  • craft literature circle lessons
  • create GATE activities
  • create small groups, reteach skills, or move students on to more complex texts
  • decrease scaffolding and increase independence
  • provide additional support by repeating the lessons as often as needed to achieve student independence and increased text complexity
  • assess mastery. Collect exit cards or slides and use for formative or summative assessments
  • build background knowledge using nonfiction texts your students are interested in
  • reflections questions are a great way to extend the lesson or begin the next day and connect learning
  • ready to use today

You will be able to increase text complexity and student independence by using the mini lesson activities repeatedly throughout the school year with any nonfiction text.

This can easily be used as a cross-curricular activity.

Use this resource again and again with your favorite nonfiction texts!

Please view the preview to see what this product includes. You will receive four nonfiction texts in this resource, but the mini lessons can be used with your favorite nonfiction texts!

The zip file contains two files:

  1. print & digital file that includes links to the digital mentor texts and mini lesson
  2. mentor text file

Questions?  Send me an email. I’ll get right back to you.  Marypat (at)

With gratitude,



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