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Nonfiction Text Structures

& Features
Magazine Project
Your assignment is to create an informational magazine about a topic of your choice.
You may choose to focus on a broad or specific topic, as long as you can write FIVE
different articles, each with a different subtopic relating back to the main topic.

Topic: __________________________________
Each of your five articles will be written with a different text structure in mind. Write the
subtopics for each of the articles.

Description: _____________________________________
Problem & Solution: _____________________________________
Sequence & Order: _____________________________________

Cause & Effect: _____________________________________


Compare & Contrast: _____________________________________
You must include the following text
features in your magazine.

At least 2 Pictures (Printed or Drawn)


A caption for each picture
A Diagram, Map, Timeline, or Chart
Glossary (Including Subject Specific Vocabulary)
Types of Print (Bold, Italics, Highlighted)
Sidebar

INCLUDE ALL!

Your magazine must also include a minimum 5 QUESTION QUIZ about the information
in your magazine. Think critically about your questions and try to challenge your

Project Due: November 22, 2016

classmates! They should NOT all be literal questions, and they should NOT all be
answered by the same article.

Nonfiction Text Structures


& Features
Magazine Project
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STUDENT

TASK TO COMPLETE
Includes at least five articles, one each of the

TEACHER

following text structures:


Description
Problem & Solution

/50

Sequence & Order


Cause & Effect
Compare & Contrast
Includes ALL of the following text features:
Two pictures (printed or drawn)
Captions for each picture
A diagram, map, timeline, or chart
Glossary (including subject specific vocabulary)

/30

Types of print (bold, italics, highlighted)


Sidebar, fun facts bubbles, Did You Know? boxes
Quiz
5-question minimum
Challenging questions
Cannot all be answered by the same article
Overall Magazine Appearance
Work is neat; effort was clearly made

Project Due: November 22, 2016

/10

Work is creative

/10

Few grammar and spelling errors


Total Points Earned (100 possible points)
/100

Student Name: __________________


_____

Student Number:

Comments:

Nonfiction Text Structures


& Features
Magazine Project
Suggested Timeline:
DAY ONE:

Choose your topic


Locate your print and online resources (save!)
Research (use sticky notes, highlight, write down bullet points)
Write first article

DAY TWO:
Design the layout of your magazine
Begin cover design
Write second and third articles
DAY THREE:
Create Glossary: add words as you go
Write fourth article

Project Due: November 22, 2016

Begin creating diagrams, maps, timelines, etc.


DAY FOUR:
Write fifth article
Create quiz
DAY FIVE:
Type or write final copies of articles (if not done prior to now)
Assemble magazine
Add pictures and captions and final touches

Project Due: November 22, 2016