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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

Ask students questions while reading or engaging in learning from a multimodal or digital text in a whole-group or small-group setting.


  • What kind of text is this? Students can respond by stating it is a digital text.
  • What is a digital text? Students should be able to explain that a digital text is a book that is online.
  • Why do we use digital texts? Students can respond by stating that digital texts help us read by giving more supports and allow us to get information quicker.
  • What are some tools we use to get digital texts? Students can respond by stating iPads, phones, Kindles, computers, audiobooks, etc.
  • How are digital texts different from books? Students can respond by stating that digital texts are not books that we can hold in our hands, and they can sometimes read to us.
A digital text is a text in a digital or web-based form (e.g., e-book or online dictionary).
A multimodal text is the strategic integration of two or more modes of communication to create meaning including written and spoken texts, images, gestures, music, digital texts and media, and live performances.