How did you all survive your first Monday back to work? Did you drag ALL day and still feel a little listless? The holidays are hard to recover from, are they not? Just think, this time NEXT week you'll be in full swing, right? R -- I -- G -- H -- T!?!
I think you'll find these activities very ENGAGING and HELPFUL. Because built-in pre and post tests are included, these plans could be used for a common assessment across reading classes. Furthermore, they lay the groundwork for action research in teaching this core curriculum topic.
The following are Sarita's instructions along with links to the needed handouts.
- Give students a copy of Beelzebufo featureless article and tell them they have 2 min. to read it and understand all the info for a quiz.
- Give students copy of the same text with text features and discuss which is easier to comprehend and why.
- Explain what text features are and why they are helpful. Have students take notes using the chart that goes with the PowerPoint. that shows images of each text feature and explains the purpose of each.
- Finish ppt. notes
- 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.
- Have students cut apart prepared paragraphs of featureless texts and arrange them on poster board under headings/subheadings, etc. that students create. Articles about firefighters, pandas, etc. are attached, but you can do this with any text that relates to your curriculum.
- Featureless article about actors
- Featureless article about Sherpa
- Featureless article about pandas
- Featureless article about firemen
- A text feature posttest, as well as a posttest answer sheet and answer key are also included.
Other ideas for assessment are to create a brochure or text-book page on any topic of students' choice, or a topic related to what you are currently studying, and arrange their information using text features. You can link the application of TF to inquiry by having students locate sources to answer a question and present their answers by organizing their information with text features.
Click HERE to download the entire file. To create links with physical integrity, I had to convert the Word files into pdf files. Email me if you would like copies in Word, and I'll forward Sarita's original email to you.
Thanks again to Sarita and Brenna for sharing. If you'd like to share some of your ideas, send them on!
Enjoy this terrific day,