We just finished up learning about nonfiction conventions and it's always a favorite unit of mine. I have taught it so many ways over the last 13 years, but this year I wanted something really simple and concise. I created templates that could easily be placed within a reading journal, so they could be referred to throughout the entire school year. We have on going conversations about text features and are constantly referring back to our conventions in all subject areas! We are in the process of writing All About Books, and our text features have come in super handy.
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There is also an assessment that can be used to assess your students' understanding of the conventions. I usually hold off until they have had lots of opportunities to explore text features. We practice finding them in class stories, text books, and especially their library books. My students get super excited when they are able to locate the text features in their own library books. They also notice which text features are missing from their books.
Quizlet is also a great way to practice matching text features to their definitions. I created a flashcard set using the definitions in this resource that is available to the public.