Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked closely at the implied and explicit specifications the CCSS documents offer us as we work to select informational texts for instruction and classroom libraries. In our third reason, Consider the Research, we reference the Moss & Newton study (2002) that is cited in Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for ELA . The note at the bottom of that post mentions that the Appendix A references to the Moss & Newton research are less than complete. For today’s Thursday Thought, we offer this post, A Close Reading of the Common Core’s Informational Text Recommendations (Part 1) and (Part 2). In these posts, we rather exhaustively analyze the research cited in support of the CCSS authors’ emphasis on informational text.