Thursday, October 31, 2013

RL 6.5 - RI 6.5 Station Information (Math Conference)

Essential Skills/Concepts Related to RL/RI 6.5
Text Features
TEXT FEATURES ARE special ways authors present information to help their readers better understand the material. You might say these features are like maps—they help you find your way through a maze of information!  Fiction selections have features.  However, text features are more commonly found in nonfiction.

SOME COMMON NONFICTION TEXT FEATURES

boldface words

dark type used to emphasize important vocabulary
bulleted list
listing of important facts set off from regular text
caption
text with a graphic that gives details about it

contents
lists each book chapter in sequence and the page on which it starts

glossary
mini-dictionary at the end of a book that defines each boldface word

heading
name of a selection, chapter, or section

index
alphabetical list at the back of a book identifying important ideas in the book and pages on which each idea is mentioned

italicized words
slanted italic type used for book titles, foreign words, a word as an example of a word (the word word), or for emphasis

sidebar
information placed beside the main text, often in a box, that expands on an idea in the text

subhead
divides a selection into parts and tells what each part is about

title
name of a whole book

Skim and scan books and articles for any features before you begin to read.  They can help you predict what the selection is about and what you can expect to get out of reading it. Planning ahead like this as an active reader can help you not only increase your understanding of what you read, but retain the information longer.

Essential Skills/Concepts Related to RL/RI 6.5
Graphics
IN THE LAST lesson, you saw how authors use text features to help you understand what you read. Well, authors also use graphic features to help clarify ideas or give readers additional information to that given in the text. Here are some common graphic features you may find in fiction and nonfiction:

COMMON GRAPHIC FEATURES
chart
list of information
diagram
drawing that shows arrangement and labeled parts of a whole

flowchart
series of boxes and arrows to show step-by-step progression

graph
shows the relationship between numbers of things

illustration
drawing of people, a place, an object, or an event

map
drawing of part of Earth to show features like oceans, countries, mountains, or roads

photo
printed image of people, a place, an object, or an event

realia
detailed photo of a real historical object, like a poster, map, or newspaper article

table
a systematic arrangement of data in rows and columns

timeline
lists facts along a line in the order in which they happened


Before you read a book or article, skim and scan to look for graphics. Use them to try to predict what the material is all about.


Extension Activity for RL 6.5

Create a Graphic based on The Absolute Value of Mike.  You can utilize any of the Graphics listed below or any other Graphic that you can recall.


Chart
diagram
flowchart
graph
illustration
map
photo
realia
table
timeline


 Extension Activity for RI 6.5

·         In a paragraph, discuss how Text Features and Graphics enhance or could enhance the article (in your folder).  Your paragraph should include which Text Features/Graphics are present or should be present in the article.  Your paragraph should be 5-6 sentences.
·         Bonus – What is the point of view for these directions?