Students will work together to create a magazine on a similar interest non-fiction topic. This final project is a summative assessment following the study of non-fiction reading and is a great “project based learning” report that incorporates real-life ways students can step into the shoes of a profession. This project assesses students on their understanding of non-fiction texts, different text structures, ability to research a topic, summarization skills, note taking, integrating vocabulary words that are related to the chosen non-fiction topic in real life examples, identifying and integrating text features in non-fiction writing, utilizing Google Docs, and writing a non-fiction article with lots of detail. There are two rubrics included for assessment.
Students will need to work cooperatively, while utilizing technology (I typically use Google Docs, but you can adjust based on the technology your district has available) to write a magazine article using one of five text structures. Students will need to delegate jobs in order to make sure all requirements are being met.
This final project requires students to use higher order thinking skills such as creating, editing, and producing, while preparing them for potential careers in real life. Students will need to think and work creatively.
The Non-Fiction Text Structures Magazine Final Project includes information about the nine phases of the magazine project, planning sheets to guide students on the project, two rubrics (think major reading and writing grades!) for the project, graphic organizers to coincide with each text structure, a bibliography outline to cite sources used, and an example of a completed non-fiction magazine project.