This is great stuff. Ironically, once again, your post is very timely. We just launched our nonfiction study on Monday! I also have my students make nonfiction feature books. It's amazing how the process of searching through nonfiction books to find particular features completely cements the concept for most kids, and it's fun! I love the posters you made for each feature! I do something pretty similar. (I'm looking to get it on my website sometime today or tomorrow, but I'm a little slow!) I put the name of the feature on a bright sheet of construction paper, then glued on an example from a book or magazine. In addition, I also attached a stellar example from past nonfiction feature books to provide more examples as students make their own books.
I absolutely love studying nonfiction, and I'm always trying to find ways to extend it further. We've been writing personal narratives, and next week, the students will be choosing a piece to publish. Do you think it would be a logical, appropriate extension if the students chose, say, two to three features to include in their final published story? I keep thinking of Ruby Bridges' autobiography,and how each page had pictures, captions, etc. Imagine, a personal narrative about a neighbor's scary dog, and a close-up of the dog's snarling mouth and enormous fangs! Please let me know what you think! I don't want to be too out there! I just thought that would take the concept one step further!
Keep up the fabulous work! I feel like such a groupie! :)
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