Brochures are a fun and engaging way to teach text features. Brochures are jam packed with text features, so brochures are the ideal tool to use when teaching text features. This unit will have your students gathering information, taking notes, and supplying facts about Presidents. Once they complete that, they get to create text features of their own!
One of the following for each President:
Penmanship Assistance Brochure
Simple Line Brochure
Which Presidents does it cover?
John F. Kennedy
First Grade Standards
Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Second Grade Standards
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Sample Weekly Planner
Introduction Lesson- Use the “Presidents” brochure provided in the unit. Read it once as a class. Then as a class identify the different text features. Use a different color crayon to color each text feature you find. ( table of contents=blue, titles=orange…etc) Get the students excited about all the different text features. Explain to them that they will be making their own brochures and using many text features for the next few weeks.
Have material ready to study and read for each President. I recommend https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/Presidents as a starting place. You can print these articles and highlight them for key details. Take notes as a class on the whiteboard. Draw some kind of thinking map. Get the students involved by highlighting an article.
Remind students about the research you did the day prior. If you wrote it on the whiteboard, refer back to it. Then start to take formal notes on the hand out. Only to 2-3 sections. Have them use the highlighted article to get them going.
Continue to take notes. Complete the note taking process.
Start to write the brochure. Help students fill in the Table of Contents and to decide what to issues they would like to write about. If you decide to do front and back brochures modify the table of contents to fit your needs.
Have student complete their writing from the previous day. Model how to write an introduction. Steer clear of “I know about….” or “ Let me tell you about…”. Instead write an interesting fact about the President or pose a question.
Then have students create text features. Here is list of options they could include on their brochure.
Map, picture, caption, labeled picture, bold words, diagram, list, titles, chart, or graph
If you want to use brochures, but aren't sure about teaching Presidents, check out my brochures about Animals and Habitats.