I also created a book to reinforce expository text features.
I thought it was important for children to realize that all books have an author – story books as well as information books.
When we were studying these text features I passed out informational books to the children and we looked for all of these elements. This showed the children that not all information books have all these features.
I did not include a page about Indexes, but that would be a good addition.
Here is a link if you would like to print the pages of this book. I didn’t include the photocopied pictures from books that the children glued on because of copyrights. I just xeroxed and reduced the cover of a book, and examples of the different text features.
After learning about these text features each year we would make a class book using them. Here is a book about animals that shows the informational text features.
Of course I wasn’t able to complete this page until the book was done so I could add the page numbers.
This page showed bold print.
This was an example of captions. There were multiple pages to give more children a chance to add an illustration.
We looked at examples of glossaries and learned that sometimes there was a description of a word, sometimes a picture illustrating what a word meant.
Other years I created a book about Earth Elements – Air, Land and Water; because our science curriculum changed. The best part of this study was that for the rest of the year when I would read an information book to the class the children would be so excited when they saw bold print, captions and labels!