In Miss Corkery and Mrs. Kuper’s class the 6th grade students are learning there are many
components to nonfiction. One of the components the students were tested over was nonfiction text features and text structures. Instead of a pen and paper test, we jazzed it up a little with Nonfiction Text Feature Surgery! For this, the students were given a patient chart that gave the students all of the parts of text features and text structure including a glossary, index, caption, heading, and subheading. They then were given their “patients” which consisted of newspapers, books, and magazines and were asked to find the components of text features. After they had found it in the book or magazine they were asked to cut it out and glue it into their patient chart to check for understanding by using real world examples. This required them to find and define each part of text features in a nonfiction piece with fun spin on it!