These foundational bookmarks serve dual purposes: 1) Raise students' awareness of text features inherent to non-fiction/informational texts and 2) Raise students awareness of story elements essential to fictional literary works. The double-sided set of 5 bookmarks function as a checklist, underscoring the fact that not all text features or story elements are present in every text. For your convenience, this Word document is fully editable!
The set of 5 per page saves paper and time. The guides on the sheets streamline cutting into perfect rectangles. Print on card stock for increased durability. Laminate class sets to ensure longevity.
TIP: Distribute a bookmark each time you introduce a new article or story. Have students first determine whether the work is fiction or nonfiction. Choose the side of the bookmark that corresponds to the text type. Then direct students to check off all the features or elements that were present in the text as they read.
TIP: When working with English Language Learners (ELLs) use the double-sided bookmark to help orient ELLs to the layout, format, and content of their subject area textbooks. In this way, the checklist can be used as a sort of scavenger hunt, where students are challenged to identify at least one occurrence of each feature in the principal text. Familiarity with the course textbook will help newcomers work more efficiently and independently. What's more they'll begin to make connections to text features as they appear across the curriculum.