Send Me a Text (Feature) and I'll "Poster" a Reply

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SWBAT to find and identify nonfiction text features as well as explain how they help people to comprehend nonfiction texts.

Big Idea

Giving students access to real life print and letting them manipulate it will give them a more authentic understanding of nonfiction text features.

Making the Foldable

10 minutes

This lesson begins with a foldable and like all foldables it takes modeling and patience.  I used the big sheets of construction paper and gathered many different colors.  I let the students choose the color they wanted for their poster.  

Once they all had paper, it was time for the foldable.  First you have to hot dog fold it (fold it lengthwise in half) and then hamburguer fold it (fold it widthwise) into thirds.

Once the students unfold their paper, they will see six boxes.  I then passed out Sharpie markers and had them trace the folds to create boxes they could see.  After everyone outlined their boxes, it was time for instructions.                  

Time To Work: Creating the Poster

60 minutes

Before the students begin their search through newspapers and magazines, I show them a model of how I want the boxes to look.  The nonfiction text feature should go in the middle of the box, the name of the feature on top of that and how it helps them comprehend the text under it.

I have all the students complete their writing in pencil and then let them trace over their words in Sharpie marker to complete their poster.  This is one of my students' favorite things to do.


Gallery Walk: Sharing the Posters

10 minutes

After the clean up- which is major- it is time to share the posters.  I have students hang them up in the hall (we have a line strung down the hall and use clips to display work) and do a gallery walk so students can see each others' work.