Functional Text seems to be the new catch phrase in the educational world these days. However, this is one fad that I can actually get on board with!
Functional text is used for everyday information. It is called functional because it helps you function in your day-to-day life.
I think a lot of our students could benefit from learning how to read functional texts such as: recipes, classifieds, bus routes, menus, etc...
I like to create worksheets that can be used with any specific piece of functional material you may have. I also wanted to make sure that I could use the handout over and over rather than create specific questions for each functional text.
This handout is intended to go with any back to school ad. You can print out circulars from the internet, gather some from your local paper, take the kids to the lab and let them search, or ask students to each bring in their own from home.
For this assignment, students will be given a scenario in which they will need to:
Create a budget
Create a shopping list based on your school districts school supply lists (I have included a sample one in that is not feasible)
Analyze ANY back to school ad
Complete a text feature scavenger hunt of the ad
Answer questions based on the outcome.
Word version available upon request!