Lesson plan

Analyzing Text Features

Want students to use text features in their writing? Begin by having them examine the text features that they see in informational books.
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Students will understand how text features are used in informational text.

(15 minutes)
  • Ask, “What is an informational book?” Explain that informational books give you information. They differ from fiction books, which tell made-up stories. Informational books are also called nonfiction.
  • Ask, “What makes fiction books different from nonfiction?” Make a chart on the board of students' responses.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that informational books often have certain text features that make them different than picture books.

  • Briefly review the following text features: Table of contents, labels, diagrams, headings, and glossaries.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will go on a Text Feature Search, trying to locate text features in classroom books.
  • Show how to look for text features in a nonfiction book. When you find a text feature to point out, write the type of feature on a sticky note and put it in the book.
(15 minutes)

Have students work in pairs. Each pair will get several books to look through and label text features with sticky notes.

  • Enrichment:Have students write about the text features that they found.
  • Support:Only have students search for two types of text features (for example, tables of contents and headings).
(10 minutes)

Have each group share something the text features they found. As students share, pay attention to other text features that they found and the way the features are described.

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