Nonfiction Text Features

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Interesting Introductions
Interesting Introductions
Lesson Plan
Interesting Introductions
Teach young authors how to "hook" readers with this hands-on lesson. By examining novels and developing their own introductions, students will be able to hone their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Find the Text Feature
Find the Text Feature
Lesson Plan
Find the Text Feature
Get your students excited about expository text through this fun introduction to text features! Students will create their own glossary of nonfiction text features.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Children read about Ada Lovelace, whose ideas are still used in computing today, in this biography worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learning About Text Features
Learning About Text Features
Lesson Plan
Learning About Text Features
In this lesson, students will read text features and discuss how each text feature relates to the main idea of a nonfiction text. Use a stand alone activity or a support for the Examining the Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
Lesson Plan
Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Earthquake Science
Earthquake Science
Worksheet
Earthquake Science
Shake up your science studies with this worksheet about earthquakes.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Lesson Plan
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an influential black man in U.S. history. In this lesson, the historical context is set for students so that they can conduct their own research on Frederick Douglass, using a graphic organizer and multiple sources, before writing an informational essay on him. Ideal for fourth and fifth grade students, this lesson plan not only gives students practice in research and essay-writing skills, it also has them exploring a fascinating part of our country's history.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Learning About Maps!
Learning About Maps!
Worksheet
Learning About Maps!
Use this fun and interesting worksheets about maps to help your students use sentence level context clues, examples, and logic to decode text and become more fluent in reading informational text.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Penguins are such interesting animals! Help your students practice identifying the main topic and key ideas in a nonfiction text using this fun penguin-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features
Using Text Features
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features
Help students enrich their informational writing by learning to use text features.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Performing Arts
Performing Arts
Workbook
Performing Arts
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to the show! This book offers tons of reading and activities on the performing arts; from traditional theatre, to comedy, to clowning!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies
Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies
Workbook
Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies
Hands-on movie activities bring to life vocabulary and reading comprehension.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Lesson Plan
Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Charts, graphs, and diagrams are complex text features for students to decipher. Use this lesson to familiarize students with these features. It can be taught on its own or before the lesson Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
This fun combination of scavenger hunt and bingo is sure to please young learners. Not only will your students increase their knowledge of text features, they'll also enjoy a selection of engaging games.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Early Cinema: Magic and Moving Pictures
Early Cinema: Magic and Moving Pictures
Workbook
Early Cinema: Magic and Moving Pictures
Learn about amazing works of early cinema with this reading and writing workbook. Pick up fun movie trivia as you complete puzzles, watch your fave movies, make film-inspired crafts, and more.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
We Love Bees!
We Love Bees!
Lesson Plan
We Love Bees!
Students will be buzzing as they write and illustrate information about bees.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Lesson Plan
Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Use this lesson to reinforce using sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. This can be used as a stand alone activity or a support the Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
Workbook
Paul Revere's Ride
American history gets a graphic-novel makeover in this workbook. Look at Paul Revere's ride with the famous poem, plus a comic that your child can complete about the real events of the midnight ride!
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Nonfiction Text Features
Nonfiction Text Features
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Text Features
Students will be able to use and identify nonfiction text features. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the How Many Features? lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
How Many Features?
How Many Features?
Lesson Plan
How Many Features?
What’s the deal with all of those text features? Use this handy lesson plan to help your second graders answer that very question.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Endangered Species Exploration
Endangered Species Exploration
Lesson Plan
Endangered Species Exploration
Teach your students the importance of text features with informational readings about endangered species around the world. This lesson on wildlife doubles as a great way for young learners to hone their reading comprehension skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Details! Details! Details!
Details! Details! Details!
Lesson Plan
Details! Details! Details!
Do your students lack color and details in illustrations? Are you tired of gazing at a blank piece of white paper? Well... no more! Use the following lesson to turn your students into detailed illustrators.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Exploring a Table of Contents
Exploring a Table of Contents
Worksheet
Exploring a Table of Contents
This worksheet provides a sample table of content and comprehension questions to go along with them to help kids practice.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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.