Helping Seymour Simon

posted Mar 8, 2011, 12:02 PM by Patrick Johnson
Seymour Simon (http://www.seymoursimon.com/) writes non-fiction books for children. His books are filled with beautiful photographs and rich with information. One thing that is peculiar about his books however is that lack of text features. There is no table of contents, glossary, diagrams, caption boxes, charts or timelines (students picked up on this very quickly). Our class has been reading his book called Dogs. I scanned his book and inserted it into a power point. Our class has been adding text features to his books. We have been building a table of contents and added page numbers. Today students took his information about puppies and their first ten weeks of life and created a timeline. When we have completed adding text features to his book, I will print it off and it will become part of our class library. This has been a great way of teaching students how important text features are to a reader when they are trying to make sense of information.

Timeline: By Ayden

Learning Goal: We are learning to identify text features and explain how they help us understand the text.

Success Criteria:
I can ZOOM IN on text features in non-fiction texts.
I can identify text features.
I can explain how text features help the reader.
I can compare text features of fiction and non-fiction texts.
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