Thursday, March 24, 2011

Understanding Text Forms and Features

We began the week by looking closely at examples of fiction and non-fiction texts about a common theme (trees, animals, etc.) and discussed similarities and differences. The children quickly identified differences in form for our anchor chart.
During daily mini-lessons we are identifying text features and explaining how they help us as readers. When we completed a Venn-diagram to sort text features, we noted that BOTH fiction (chapter books) and non-fiction texts have a Table of Contents.
Our chart describes how the Table of Contents in a non-fiction book helps us by giving an overview of what the book will teach us and where we can find specific information that we are seeking (page numbers).

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