Lesson plan

Text Feature Detective

From labeled pictures to glossaries, there are lots of different nonfiction text features for students to learn about. In this lesson, students hunt for text features while learning how they provide meaning and present information.
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Students will be able to analyze the parts of a nonfiction text.

(15 minutes)
  • Read aloud a nonfiction text. Ask students to share what the main topic is, the key ideas, and any evidence or connections that they can make.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that nonfiction texts have different text features. Text featuresAre ways of presenting and teaching information. Write a list of the following text features on the board: table of contents, glossary, pictures with captions, headings, charts, or graphs.
  • Go through and look for tables of contents in the book you read aloud to the class.
(10 minutes)
  • Present the Where Are the Text Features? worksheet. Lead students in looking for the remaining text features that you wrote on the board.
  • Explain that all nonfiction texts will not include all of the text features.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students select and read a nonfiction text.
  • Handout the Where Are the Text Features? worksheet. Have students search for and record the different text features that they find.

Support:

  • Have students complete the worksheet while examining a nonfiction text they have previously read.

Enrichment:

  • Have students complete the Read the Pictures worksheet.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they analyze the different text features.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share the types of text features that they found in the texts they examined.

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