Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Become the Author - Section 2: Authors at Work


As soon as I handed out the planning sheet and went over the rubric, I let the students begin working.  They were so excited that they really didn't want to do the planning sheet, but I got them started on that first.  As they were working and I was monitoring, I noticed that they were jumping in to create their text features without analyzing how that feature is put together. They weren't noticing that things had to be in alphabetical order or that the index had EVERY page that the word was mentioned on.

I had to stop the work for a minute and look at each text feature to help them analyze it.  I think it would have been helpful to perhaps had a cheat sheet of sorts to help them, but I really wanted the activity to be authentic without my telling them HOW to do it. 

I didn't add a cheat sheet to this lesson because I'm still not convinced that it's the way to go. Perhaps just a bit more analysis as we go through each text feature in the beginning would be the answer.

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Become the Author

Unit 4: Climbing the Mountain: A Path to Understanding Nonfiction
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT look at a nonfiction text and create the text features that would be most helpful in helping a person to comprehend the text.

Big Idea: Putting students in a real life, unpredictable situation increases the rigor and will further their understanding of nonfiction text features.

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