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Do you ever forget the basics?

Ever have a moment with you writing happily away when suddenly a term or phrase totally slips out of your mind?

I experienced that when I couldn’t pull the phrase “text box” out to describe why I liked certain features by Marshall Cavendish. I sat there moving my hands around as if they could pull the words out of air. I tried quickly opening the book to a page and saying, “Why there’s a …?” but my brain wasn’t playing along.

Fortunately, I was able to pull out this pdf file on Nonfiction text features from the website. I particulary liked how this pdf used one of Gareth Stevens publishing’s titles in the Cool Careers series to demonstrate these features.

After bridging my word gap, I took time to look at the pdf in a new light. My teachers in elementary and middle school NEED this information. It is very nicely designed and could be easily displayed for the entire class to see. The skills of reading informational texts and being able to use text features to increase comprehension are essential in education. In fact here is a key point in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts:

Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.

Thank you to the Washington Library Media Association for including this in their handouts for their conference, but I do have one big concern. I cannot find the creator’s name of this pdf. I keep trying to click through screen after screen trying to see which page will link to this, but so far I haven’t found it.

Readers, do you have any clues for me to track this down? I do want to give credit where credit is due. I would like to receive permission to use this resource and I do wish the creator had put their name in the presentation. (Note to self, do this everytime!)