Nonfiction Text Features

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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
This lesson will help your students use sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. Students will enjoy learning about maps and figuring out tricky words along the way!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
When students read nonfiction texts, they will need to make inferences using text features and quotes as evidence. Support your students using short texts as practice before diving into more complex materials like textbooks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary in Focus
Vocabulary in Focus
Workbook
Vocabulary in Focus
This workbook builds reading comprehension by reinforcing vocabulary with word puzzles, homophones and a few quick reading pages.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Earthquake Science
Earthquake Science
Worksheet
Earthquake Science
Shake up your science studies with this worksheet about earthquakes.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Text Features and Their Purposes
Text Features and Their Purposes
Lesson Plan
Text Features and Their Purposes
This lesson helps your ELs identify nonfiction text features and explain how they enhance comprehension of the text. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Searching for Text Features lesson plan.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Guitar Facts
Guitar Facts
Worksheet
Guitar Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool guitar facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Activity
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Children research and make a timeline of an inspiring woman in this biography activity.
2nd grade
Social studies
Activity
Biomes of the World
Biomes of the World
Worksheet
Biomes of the World
Study the map of terrestrial biomes, then use it to answer questions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
My Week of Gratitude
My Week of Gratitude
Worksheet
My Week of Gratitude
Use this worksheet each night to help your child record one thing they are grateful for each day of the week!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
Lesson Plan
Informational Text: Close Reading
Let's learn about natural disasters. After reading through some informational texts, students will use their close reading skills to answer questions about different types of disasters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Nourish your child's inner writer with this lesson on three different forms of literature: poetry, prose, and drama. After going through some examples of each, students will demonstrate their knowledge by filling out bubble maps.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
History of Zombies
History of Zombies
Worksheet
History of Zombies
Ever wonder how the whole zombie craze got started? Read about the history of zombies in this awesome reading comprehension packet.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Animals of the World
Animals of the World
Workbook
Animals of the World
The world is full of amazing creatures! Learn about a few from around the globe, as your child hones reading skills in this fact-filled workbook.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Vocabulary Expanders
Vocabulary Expanders
Workbook
Vocabulary Expanders
These vocabulary worksheets will introduce kids to the wide world of words and get them excited about learning new skills through reading.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
History of Photography Timeline
History of Photography Timeline
Worksheet
History of Photography Timeline
Your 4th grader can learn about the history of photography and you can test his reading comprehension with this fun history timeline!
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
Worksheet
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
Students will use content-specific vocabulary in context as they learn about the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Plant Structures and their Functions
Plant Structures and their Functions
Lesson Plan
Plant Structures and their Functions
A caption reveals important information to a reader. Use this lesson with your students to teach them about plant structures and their functions, while they learn how to be a text feature author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Fascinating Facts About Earth Science
Fascinating Facts About Earth Science
Workbook
Fascinating Facts About Earth Science
The need for reading comprehension skills does not stop when venturing into other academic areas. In this series, sort out the scientific method, read about hurricanes, photosynthesis and more!
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Lesson Plan
Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Teach your students how to use timelines to organize information from nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Detective: Weird Animals
Text Detective: Weird Animals
Workbook
Text Detective: Weird Animals
It's fact vs. opinion statements about interesting animals in this workbook. Kids will also think about how diagrams and images help clarify reading passages.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Students will learn about three nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams. They will analyze and interpret the information represented in these visual forms and discover how they aid in the comprehension of nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Tornado Science
Tornado Science
Worksheet
Tornado Science
Learn more about the swirling, whirling science behind tornadoes with this wild worksheet.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
History of Television
History of Television
Worksheet
History of Television
Ever wonder how the plasma TV came to be? Read a brief history of the television with this ode to inventors.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
What's in a Text Feature?
What's in a Text Feature?
Lesson Plan
What's in a Text Feature?
Ever wondered how to explain what an index is to a 6 year old? Look no further! Use this engaging lesson to help your students become text feature experts.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Mineral Match-Up
Mineral Match-Up
Worksheet
Mineral Match-Up
Learn some new words and facts about precious minerals with this word-scramble and matching worksheet.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet

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.