The most significant thing I’ve done to raise the success of my struggling nonfiction readers has been to let them know about text boxes!
These readers often believed that text boxes are off to the side because they’re not important. In fact, the opposite is true for books designed for elementary readers. Often, the most important or interesting text is put into text boxes to be highlighted or featured.
When I was able to let my students know about the value of text boxes - and convince them to read these text features, they blossomed!
The goal of this activity is to give students practice noticing and reading text inside boxes.
Provide your students with the opportunity to engage with beautiful nonfiction texts, collaborate with a partner and locate interesting text features.
One page activity sheet (front to back).
Students locate uniquely-shaped and designed text boxes, then sketch them in the boxes provided. Room for 8 text boxes.
Continue your study of nonfiction text features with the Nonfiction Text Features Interactive Notebook - an informational text study unit. See this and other nonfiction activities at Word by Word; click on the Nonfiction Text Features - Custom Category tab.