Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Learning about Non-Fiction Text Features

This week we introduced Non-Fiction text features.  This wasn't all new for them...we have been looking at non-fiction and discussing it a little all year.  This week, we are really going to go into detail about the features, why they are important, and how they can help us.  We are also going to compare fiction and non-fiction.

First, I found these great anchor charts on Pinterest!

We looked at many non-fiction books and discussed the different features.  We added this page of notes to our reader's notebooks.

Next, we will go over our essential questions for this unit.  The class will get this page with the essential questions and a chart to list the purpose of the non-fiction text feature.  This will be added to their reader's notebooks too.

 After using the anchor chart above to discuss the differences between fiction and non-fiction, the class will complete the fiction/non-fiction features chart with a partner.

(we plan to use the venn diagram to take notes and add to the reader's notebooks.)

During our non-fiction unit, we plan to discuss determining importance.  You can find some really great lessons in these books!
Reading With Meaning by- Debbie Miller

Comprehension Connections- by Tanny McGregor
Strategies That Work by- Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis
Interactive Read Alouds by- Linda Hoyt
Tanny McGregor has a determinig importance song you can download.  Here is a book mark with the words. We practice this throughout the unit and add the words to our reader's notebooks.


  1. I just recently discovered your blog and I am amazed!! Such fabulous ideas and resources that truly fit into my classroom! Thank you for making my life easier.. Keep up the hard work, girl!


  2. Yay! I'm glad this is helpful to you!

  3. So glad to have stumbled across your blog! Thank you SO SO much for sharing! :)