Nonfiction Text Features

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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
Are You a Text Detective?
Are You a Text Detective?
Lesson Plan
Are You a Text Detective?
Kindergarten students will become text feature detectives as they hunt for the different text features found in nonfiction books in this fun reading lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Picture Puzzlers
Picture Puzzlers
Lesson Plan
Picture Puzzlers
Make your students into storytellers with this lesson where they will learn how to make complete stories of their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Worksheet
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Children learn about three songs that inspired and gave hope to the people who fled slavery via the Underground Railroad, then answer questions about what they have learned.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
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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
Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
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Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
Use this handy genre guide to teach students about 14 different genres!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Mineral Match-Up
Mineral Match-Up
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Mineral Match-Up
Learn some new words and facts about precious minerals with this word-scramble and matching worksheet.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Lesson Plan
Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Take the mystery out of comprehending nonfiction by becoming a text feature detective! Find clues before reading to get your brain ready to learn!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Don’t Plateau in Geography!
Don’t Plateau in Geography!
Lesson Plan
Don’t Plateau in Geography!
Your students’ understanding will reach its peak when they ask detail-seeking questions from observations made about plateaus, mesas, canyons, and buttes. Students will use illustrations and text to assist in their questions and answers.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Mini Dictionaries!
Mini Dictionaries!
Lesson Plan
Mini Dictionaries!
Smaller dictionaries that are totally relevant to the material being read? In this lesson, students will learn that these miraculously really do exist and go by the name of glossaries!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Piano Facts
Piano Facts
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Piano Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool piano facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Whale Facts
Whale Facts
Worksheet
Whale Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool whale facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Battle of the Texts: Print vs. Electronics
Battle of the Texts: Print vs. Electronics
Lesson Plan
Battle of the Texts: Print vs. Electronics
Are you a page turner or a mouse clicker? In this lesson, students compare and contrast text features in two types of nonfictions texts: print and electronic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Spiders and Their Webs
Spiders and Their Webs
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Spiders and Their Webs
Geared toward second graders, this science worksheet has young scientists read about spiders and their webs and then demonstrate their nonfiction comprehension by filling in the diagram with the correct anatomical terms.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
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Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Knock, knock! It’s the U.S. Census Bureau! In this lesson plan, students analyze primary sources in the form of census data to do research that helps them answer questions about famous people and the time period during which they lived.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Whales
Interesting Animals: Whales
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Interesting Animals: Whales
Learn all about the interesting world of the whale while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Illustration Explanation
Illustration Explanation
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Illustration Explanation
Use this exercise to teach your students to identify nouns and associated pronouns in captions. Then, challenge them to create captions for illustrations.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Nonfiction Comprehension: Context Clues & Text Features
Nonfiction Comprehension: Context Clues & Text Features
Worksheet
Nonfiction Comprehension: Context Clues & Text Features
Get ready for some active reading! As your students read through this passage, they will underline key words and reinforce their understanding of words in context.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Middle Atlantic State Migration
Middle Atlantic State Migration
Lesson Plan
Middle Atlantic State Migration
In this lesson, your students will use guiding questions as a way to organize their thoughts about non-fiction reading. They will also gain an understanding of some of the factors that led to the colonization of the Middle Atlantic States.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams in Nonfiction
Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams in Nonfiction
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Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams in Nonfiction
This resource helps your EL students identify and explain charts, graphs, and diagrams.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
English Pronunciation
English Pronunciation
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English Pronunciation
Help your beginning reader learn about phonetic spellings that show how to pronounce a word. In this activity, she'll match each word with its pronunciation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Worksheet
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Students will refer to important details to answer text-dependent questions about some wild weather! Get ready to read like a detective and learn some cool facts along the way.
3rd 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.