To culminate our non-fiction unit, the students were able to publish and produce their very own non-fiction books on various topics. So to begin with we were very clear about our goal, and then specific expectations for non-fiction books were laid out so the students knew exactly what they needed to include in their own non-fiction book. So a sample of one of the books looks like this. This student published a book all about the brain, and the book covers the various non-fiction text features that you see in non-fiction books. So we have a cover page, a table of contents, more about the topic using bold print to emphasize the important words, a diagram, and finally there's a glossary. When each book is complete the students were able to invite their parents to a whole non-fiction publishing party, which we all went to the library for and everyone had a guest. And the students were able to literally include their book within our school library by adding a barcode to it that was given to us by our teacher librarian. And now the children have their very own non-fiction library where they can read each others books.
The goal of Non Fiction Fun: Understanding Features of Non Fiction Texts (Virtual Tour) is to help students to understand the structural features of non-fiction texts.
- Introduce the task by discussing the learning goal and criteria for success.
- Show students a sample of what a student-made non-fiction book looks like.
- Implement this activity as a culminating task for a unit on writing non-fiction.
- Have students include the following information in their non-fiction books:
a. Cover page, table of contents, bold print, diagram and glossary
- Celebrate student success by inviting family members into your classroom to view students work.