Tuesday, January 5, 2010

BEST Ideas: Teaching Text Features

 Dear readers,

I thought I updated this post a number of days ago, however, it seems I did not save it. The creator of the "Text Features" unit requested that I delete this post and access to the unit. Brenna has updated the unit and is now offering it on the "Teachers Pay Teachers".

Please go to this website for more information: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Informational-Text-Features-Unit-151323 

Thank you, 

Renae

55 comments:

Sassy Sarah said...

I love this lesson idea and am excited to use it in my Language Arts classes.

I have a quick question: I'm not able to download the entire file. Specifically, I'd really like to have a copy of the cards you describd. ("After students are familiar with examples of TF, you can do a review by cutting the TF cards and distributing the cards with the bold names on the left and the examples of that feature on the right. Have students walk around the room to locate their matching partner.")

Anonymous said...

Awesome lesson! Love everything from the power point to the sample articles to the post test.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!!! This looks really engaging; I look forward to seeing how my students will like it....

Anonymous said...

I did this in an Intesive Reading class for 11th and 12th graders, they loved it; the titles were interesting and kept them engaged. They didn't realize they were learning TF! Thanks

sylvia.papez said...

sylvia.papez said...

Loved the lesson, but am not able to download powerpoint. Can you tell me how I could do this?

link2literacy said...

Looks like some student who doesn't care for language arts edited the Power Point. I will fix this TODAY! So sorry! rbs

Jess said...

This is a wonderful lesson that I would be interested in using. I can't download the powerpoint, and I would also be very interested in the TF cards that you mention as well. Could you e-mail me a copy of the powerpoint and cards to jcloninger@bellcity.k12.mo.us

Thanks!

link2literacy said...

Fellow educators, I am sorry that it took me so long to correct the PowerPointProblem! If you click on the link now, it should take you to a readable resource.

If you want to email me, I will email you the file.

Thanks for your interest.

Renae

Elizabeth said...

I would LOVE a copy of the TF cards you referred to for this lesson. Could you email them to me? I would be forever indebted! :)

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to give instructions on downloading the entire file? If not it would be great to be able to open up the posttest files.

Thanks for sharing your work.

jsharma said...

Loved this idea. I'm just starting text features would like to have the entire downloaded file and the posttest with answer sheet. Could you send them to me at jsharma@pasadenaisd.org

Debbie Lopez said...

Hello, I would love to have a copy of this lesson. Great way for students to have a visual of just how much easier it is to read expository text due to text features.

Jeanne Oakley said...

Please email the entire file as well to me if possible... these lessons are incredible and soooooo appreciated. This is my first year in Language Arts and I admire you gurus as well as learn so much from those who have been doing this awhile. My students thank you too :)
jeanne.oakley@ocps.net

Bigpink23 said...

Wonderful Lesson!!! I can even use it with my 5th graders!! If possible, can you email me the TF cards and the post test?

Once again-Wonderful lesson and thanks for sharing!

link2literacy said...

Hello all you wonderful educators who requested access to note cards! I created a link to those, and you should find it embedded in the paragraph that talks about that. You can also click onto a file for ALMOST the entire unit, and the note cards are there as well. Between the individual links AND the file link, you should have access to all the resources.

I will email you a Word copy as well, but Bigpink23, I don't have your e-address. If you get that to me, I'll email the file to you.

Best wishes one and all! Renae

Anonymous said...

This is great! Thank you for sharing! Unfortunately, the posttest link did not work.

link2literacy said...

Try this link to the Google Doc and see if it works:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6E3ds6ZXAWlYzZhOTA3N2MtZjNkMC00ZjQ4LTk0NGItOWJhNmM1ZDI3NWUw&hl=en_US

The link worked for me, but who knows. If this fails email me, and I will send you the file. =)

Mrs. Schyck said...

Thank you so much for this lesson. I have been stressing all day about my workload tonight, and you have magically taken the world off of my shoulder. EXCELLENT lesson. I thank you!

MBarrett said...

Having trouble printing/dowloading the cards. Could you send to me?

Thank you

MBarrett said...

Having trouble printing/dowloading the cards. Could you send to me?

Thank you

LRW said...

I am new to teaching middle school (just started last month) and had no idea on how to begin teaching Determining Importance in nonfiction. I work with very resistant 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are working below level in reading. I think this is a wonderful starting point. I believe it will keep them fully engaged, and I'm excited to see how it goes! Thank you so much for sharing!!

link2literacy said...

I'm always so happy to hear your comments about this engaging unit. And I will gladly email the file to anyone who has problems opening any part of this unit. Email me with your email address, and I'll get it off to you.

Thanks again for your wonderful comments.

Katie D said...

This is such a great unit! I was just hired to teach AP Lang, AP Lit & Eng III standard. I'm somewhat overwhelmed with preparing for 3 courses. My standard students are struggling and this unit sounds perfect for their needs. I've requested to access the link provided. Thanks so much!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE this lesson, and ready to start! Could you please semd me a Word copy? jennifer.farley@madison.kyschools.us

Janet said...

I was able to download everything except the posttest article. Could you send me a copy at janet.beane@pgcps.org?
Thank you

Julie said...

These lessons seem wonderful! I was not able to open any of the links. Would it be possible to email them to me in another format (Word...)?
Thanks a bunch!
Julie
12jlah@gmail.com

Julie said...

These lessons seem wonderful! I was not able to open any of the links. Would it be possible to email them to me in another format (Word...)?
Thanks a bunch!
Julie
12jlah@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing lesson. I'm a first year teacher and feel so overwhelmed with what to teach and how to teach that this was just a blessing to find.

Anonymous said...

Hi there I am not sure if you still have the original Text Feature word and power point documents, but I could not download them from the site. If you are able to email them to me, it would be fantastic.
amykopach@yahoo.com
thanks

Sorgie said...

Brilliant!

Victoria Borel said...

Can I get the PowerPoint to use with my 9th and 10th grade struggling readers? I love this!

vborel@towandasd.org

Anonymous said...

I too would like this information sent to me. I am having trouble downloading. Thank you. Please send to scyprian@pasco.k12.fl.us

Marisa O'Brien said...

Hello! This site is OUTSTANDING! I was using this lesson plan in my classroom and suddenly I do not have access to the links! I don't know if it is my school computer or my account.

Could you please e-mail me the powerpoint /frog article/ other resources to

obrienm@duvalschools.org

P.S. I'm having a first year teacher observe my lesson tomorrow so that she can teach it next week (using this site). I'm hoping you get this notification soon! Ah!

Anonymous said...

This is a WONDERFUL lesson! I'd like to use it with my 7th graders. I am having trouble downloading the PowerPoint and the cards. Could you please send those to me at:

mz_simpson@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love this lesson, but for some reason, I am unable to download the powerpoint. Would you please email it to me? tyndalla@calvertnet.k12.md.us
Thanks for sharing!

link2literacy said...

"tydalla" - I tried to email the file to you, but I received a mailer "daemon" - which I think is demon, misspelled. =)Do you have another email address I could attach the file to?
Let me know. rbs

Anonymous said...

Yes. It's mndtyndall@yahoo.com.
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can try mndtyndall@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, first of all allow me to say thats just reading this lesson has me wanting to call or email my teachers at 10:00 o'clock at night to tell them about it... lol However, I will wait for tomorrow. I just wanted to say that as a Reading Specialist, I don't find too many thing on the internet that I am willing to use and have my teachers use. This one is a must. I would like you to send me the entire lesson in Word if you can please. My email address at work is as follows: wanda.corder-jones@palmbeachschools.org. We are working on Text features, text structures, and all the vocabulary skills like context clues, multiple meanings, analyzing words and phrases, and word relationships for the next few weeks. If you have any lessons that you don't mind sharing, please don't hesitate to send them also. I am very appreciative fo this. Thank you so much for sharing and if there is anything or any lesson you would like to see, please feel free to ask and I can share what I have. Have a great evening. Oh yeah, if you have ANYTHING on validity and reliability, please please please send it to me. That is a hard skill to find useful and engaging lessons on. Thanks again...

Wendy Peale said...

This lesson sounds great and I think my students would love it -- learning while having fun always works out. I would appreciate it if you would send me this as a Word document. My email is eriwen05@yahoo.com

Also, maybe I am not looking at it correctly, but it seems the post-test answer sheet has the answers as does the post-test answer key. I would suspect that only the answer key should have the answers. I also noticed that the pre-test has an additional question that the post-test does not have.

Thanks,
Wendy

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing resource!! Thank you!

I did it a bit differently (I have 8th grade) and I selected 10 of the key terms and cut them out. Then I handed the students with a paper of the definitions and had the students match the term to the definition and then think of an example. It was a great partner activity!

Thank you again for sharing :)

Party of Six said...

First, I have to thank you for the enormous amount of work you have done. I am teaching a reading intervention class and have been really struggling and actually, text features was one of my least favorite lessons. You have given me direction and inspiration. Thank you!! I was wondering though, if you could send me the cards. When I opened up the document the pictures were not in the spaces. Thank you. Stacie

stroberts@greeleyschools.org

link2literacy said...

Stacie, aka "Party of Six" - I tried to send the entire file to you via email but my attempt was blocked. Could you send me your personal email, and I will get the file to you. Thanks, too, for your kind words! Renae

Anonymous said...

Brilliant and creative resource. have been looking for a very long time for something my students could connect to - this is perfect. I have tr
ied to download it, but without success. would be immensely grateful if you could send it as a windows document.

kind regards
Rahila Najam

rahilanajam@yahoo.com /
rnajam@newvic.ac.uk

Heather aspecialkindofplace.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for this awesome lesson. I am using it for the second week of school and I know my middle school students will love it!

Anonymous said...

Hi I am unable to download the TF cards without them becoming mixed-up. Can you email me your format? Thanks! hcjohns@mail.usf.edu

I am using this with my 5th graders next week :)

Anonymous said...

Please email me the documents and powerpoints, dmhwill09@gmail.com

I could not get outlook to work so that I could email you.

Thank you!

Stacey C said...

I was able to open everything but the "cards"....could you please send me the file for those? I am so excited to be using this in my 7th grade classroom next week. Thanks so much!

Stacey Chapman
schapman@houston.k12.ms.us
sdcurry_27@yahoo.com

Stacey Chapman said...

I was able to open everything except the "cards." Is there anyway you can send me the file for this? Thank you so much!

Brenda Mouzon said...

My colleagues and I are introducing text features to our 7th grade Language Arts students. Please email me the documents that you converted into Word.

Bree:

mouzon_b@hcde.org

Anonymous said...

My co-teacher used this lesson today with our 7th grade language arts class and it went very well. Great way to introduce text features! Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello,I tried downloading only bits and pieces are opening. Will you please email me the file at btoomer@yahoo.com

Christina said...

Hi! I found this lesson a few weeks ago, but now the link posted is completely different. Do you still have the two articles--one without text features and one with? If you could please send them to me, I would be forever grateful! christina.signore@sdhc.k12.fl.us

link2literacy said...

Sorry I cannot share this lesson plan anymore as the creator requested that I do not. You can find this unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. I don't want to stand in the way of teachers earning extra money. =)