In writing we have been working on our nonfiction teaching books. Students are being fully immersed in nonfiction by also studying it in reading. We talk about different text features that we see in reading and how they can add them into their own stories. Here are some students hard at work at my table. They have their dictionaries out, nonfiction books to help with some tricky words or illustrations, and lots of writing paper!
This chart we made shows different ways to enhance our nonfiction stories. We talk about using shape, size, and color to add details. Also adding pictures, zoom ins, arrows and comparisons help the reader see and picture what they're writing. Lastly we alway go back and think did we explain when this happens, where it happens, how, and why? Those are questions that a reader is going to be thinking of as they are reading.