Nonfiction Text Features

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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
Dictionaries & Definitions
Dictionaries & Definitions
Lesson Plan
Dictionaries & Definitions
In this lesson, students will practice defining words by making their own vocabulary cards. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Mini Dictionaries lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
Paint a Word Picture
Paint a Word Picture
Lesson Plan
Paint a Word Picture
Students become word artists as they use ordinary pictures to practice creating detailed descriptions. This technique helps your class learn how to paint a picture with words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Feature Detective
Text Feature Detective
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.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
Text Features Evaluation
Text Features Evaluation
Lesson Plan
Text Features Evaluation
Use this lesson to help your ELs evaluate the purpose of text features and justify their answers. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Nonfiction Text Features.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Starfish Facts
Starfish Facts
Worksheet
Starfish Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool starfish facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Vinnie's Volcano Vocabulary
Vinnie's Volcano Vocabulary
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Vinnie's Volcano Vocabulary
Get this earth science worksheet that will challenge your child's knowledge of volcanoes and teach him some new vocabulary.
2nd grade
Science
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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
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
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
Add a New Text Feature
Add a New Text Feature
Worksheet
Add a New Text Feature
Nonfiction books have a variety of text features. But they could sometimes use more! In this activity, students analyze the existing text features in a book and create a new feature to add.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Survival Skills
Survival Skills
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Survival Skills
Whether you love the great outdoors or are preparing for the zompocalpyse, this round-up of survival skills will help kids be prepared for any disaster!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Whale Facts
Whale Facts
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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
Gaining Information from the Text and its Features
Gaining Information from the Text and its Features
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Gaining Information from the Text and its Features
Use this exercise to teach your students how to gain information from the text and the text features to better understand a topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Think & Seek
Vocabulary Think & Seek
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Vocabulary Think & Seek
Give your young readers some practice using context clues and dictionaries to expand their vocabulary with this reading activity. As students read, they will consider the meaning of tricky words, then write down their definitions using a dictionary.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Nonfiction Text Features
Glossary: Nonfiction Text Features
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Glossary: Nonfiction Text Features
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Nonfiction Text Features.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Analyzing Text Features
Analyzing Text Features
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Text Features
Want students to use text features in their writing? Begin by having them examine the text features that they see in informational books.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Lesson Plan
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
ELs will gain valuable practice learning about text features as they practice close reading and communication skills during a nonfiction picture walk. Use on its own or as a support for the Classifying Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Formatting Nonfiction Text
Formatting Nonfiction Text
Lesson Plan
Formatting Nonfiction Text
Text formatting can add a lot of richness to how information is explained. In this lesson students will explore the organization of nonfiction texts and go on a scavenger hunt for different kinds of text formatting features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
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Paul Revere's Ride
Any kid studying the American Revolution will likely have to memorize this famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!
5th grade
Social studies
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.