Nonfiction Text Features

256 filtered results
256 filtered results
Nonfiction Text Features
Sort by
Vocabulary Cards: Text Features Evaluation
Vocabulary Cards: Text Features Evaluation
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Text Features Evaluation
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Text Features Evaluation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Second Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of engaging activities that will prepare incoming second graders for a new year of learning.
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Glossary: Captions for Illustrations
Glossary: Captions for Illustrations
Worksheet
Glossary: Captions for Illustrations
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Captions for Illustrations.
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Understanding Headers and Subheaders
Understanding Headers and Subheaders
Activity
Understanding Headers and Subheaders
Paying attention to headers and subheaders is a great way to orient your child to the text they're tackling. Here's how:
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Table of Contents Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents Treasure Hunt
Activity
Table of Contents Treasure Hunt
Send your child on a table of contents treasure hunt to help build basic research skills! Navigating a book is a skill that is sure to come in handy later on.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Flightless Birds
Flightless Birds
Story
Flightless Birds
What do ostriches and penguins have in common? In this text, kids compare and contrast facts about these two kinds of flightless birds.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Story

Nonfiction Text Features

Textbooks are essential tools of education, which is why it is critical for students to understand how to utilize them. The non-fiction text resources teach kids how to identify important components within a written text such as diagrams, maps infographics and vocabulary words. Other non-fiction text resources offer insight on specific topics such as extreme weather science and history lessons on Paul Revere’s Ride and the History of Television.
One of the most important skills to teach students is how to do research. While the student may look at this as simply a means to an end, that end being writing a research paper, this is actually teaching them to think critically and analytically. The ability to read and understand nonfiction will allow them to begin to form their own thoughts based on a myriad of sources.
Being able to understand nonfiction texts can be difficult. Much like fiction writing has different story elements, nonfiction writings have text features. Text features are strategies that writers make use of to enhance reader comprehension. Some examples are:
  • Photos or Illustrations - images can help readers visualize and understand more difficult concepts
  • Captions - text descriptions of photos or images
  • Graphics - visual representations of data sets
  • Special Print - using italicized or bold font can bring attention to and emphasize certain passages and keywords.

Nonfiction texts also typically follow one of several text structures. Some of the more common structures include:
  • Compare and Contrast - shows how two things are alike and different
  • Descriptive - provides information about a particular concept, item, or person
  • Problem and Solution - presents a problem and describes a solution to the problem

For early students, nonfiction also presents an opportunity to teach the difference between fact and opinion. Reviewing some of the nonfiction texts provided above by Education.com can offer opportunities for students to practice this skill. Learning to read nonfiction text critically will enable our students to formulate their own educated opinions later in life.