Interactive Text Feature Wall
When reading nonfiction, do your students ever blast right past all those pesky little text supports like headings, pictures and captions, maps and inset photos? A great way to help kids learn to both read and write text features is to create an interactive text feature wall. After familiarizing your class with various nonfiction text features, create a wall where they can glue-stick examples of various features.
- Brainstorm a list of text features.
- Cover as much of a wall as you can spare with bulletin board paper.
- Ask your students how much space should be dedicated to each text feature (usually pictures and captions take up the most space and italicized words take up very little.)
- Draw dividing lines and label each box with the name of a feature.
- Provide stacks of kid-friendly magazines, newspapers, and other resources for students to cut out.
- Have students cut out text features and mount them on the correct spot on the mural.
Students can continue to add to the wall all year during literacy learning centers. They can also refer to the wall when they are writing their own nonfiction.
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