In this Feature Article unit of study, students collect entries in their writer’s notebooks about social issues in the world outside themselves and identify topics that they feel strongly about.
At the same time they are immersed in reading feature articles, the kind of pieces we usually find in magazines and newspapers that give us information on a topic as seen through the lens of the writer’s particular perspective, or angle. The writing style of feature articles is engaging, with facts and information woven into the article.
Feature articles have a strong sense of audience, often addressing the reader directly, urging action or further thought. As with other informational writing, there is a research component as students gather facts relevant to their topics in various ways, including interviews and surveys that take the student beyond books and Internet sites.
Accelerated Literacy Learning at River Oaks Elementary
5th grade students in ROE in Houston, Texas have been studying feature articles before writing their own. In preparation for Susan Radley Brown’s next visit, Aysen Dogan has been conferring with students about their topic, angle and the ways in which they will gather and present information.
5th grade students in River Oaks Elementary in Houston
In this videoclip, two students are discussing how to weave the facts and information they have gathered into their feature articles, with Susan Radley Brown facilitating the conversation.