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Text Features: Introduction to the Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy
Model for young readers how charts, graphs, diagrams etc., can help them interpret information found in nonfiction text. Chapter 1 of The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy provides the opportunity for direct instruction and guided practice exercises. Learners identify text features that help them understand the central message, use context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words, and practice their close reading skills. Although the introductory lesson plan of the second unit in a series of units focused on the Iroquois and the Six Nation Confederacy, the approach to interpreting informational text could be used with any nonfiction.
Using Informational Text Features and Learning Freaky Frog Vocabulary
What kind of text features help children build a strong vocabulary? According to this lesson, headers, pictures, and the glossary will accomplish this task. The class uses text features such as headers to unpack new vocabulary words. They create vocabulary journals in which they will write what they think the definition of each new word is. The next day, the teacher will go through the journals to determine which words the children should focus on. While the lesson is very well written and includes three worksheets, it is lacking in scope.
Cooperative Classroom Text Features Activities
Fifth graders examine text features and create a PowerPoint presentation. In this text features lesson, 5th graders go over Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures and text features before they choose one to include in a book and PowerPoint presentation that will be used by other teachers.
Lesson 4: Text Features
The ability to use text features effectively can translate to many texts and purposes. Show your class these tools while working with the biography Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart. Explore the different text features within the biography and use them to help answer comprehension questions. This lesson will make readers look back into the text to find information and improve understanding of the purpose of text features. Sign up for a free account to view the materials.
Teach Text Features & Read Nonfiction
Elementary schoolers examine the components of reading nonfiction. They use think-alouds to help them complete reading the selected sections. They also identify text features as they read.
Teach Text Features and Read Nonfiction
Increase non-fiction reading comprehension by completing a pre-reading organizer to identify the non-fiction text features and also making comparisons to features of fictional books. To prepare for reading a non-fiction selection, learners engage in think-aloud strategies and prediction. They then read the selection, paying attention to the text features and to the way pictures and other graphics inform the meaning.
Teach Text Features & Read Nonfiction
Students study the tools of reading nonfiction (i.e., text features). They use think-aloud strategies to prepare to read the selection and identify graphic aids and assess their importance. They read "Stopping a Toppling Tower" quietly to themselves.
Investigating Animals Through Non-Fiction Text
Conduct a shared reading activity with a non-fiction animal book. Young researchers identify the various text features in informational texts, complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast text feature purposes, and finally choose their own animal to research as a follow-up activity.
Fifth graders utilize text features. In this text features activity students read The Story of Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball by Margaret Davidson. Students use clues from the table of contents, illustrations, and timeline to answer questions.
Informational Text Features
How can you tell if the text you're reading is informational or narrative? Show your reading class this basic PowerPoint to illustrate the characteristics of an informational text. What makes this presentation especially effective is that it uses grade-level texts, charts, and graphics to help assess the viewers.
Using Text Features
Fourth graders read a nonfiction story that is presented to them with graphic features, and presented to them with only the text. In this text features activity, 4th graders decide what the benefits of text organizers are and create their own text features for a section of a story.
Intermediate Guided Reading Lesson: Remarkable Rocks
Investigate rocks and non-fiction reading strategies. The class observes and sorts rocks, and then identifies non-fiction text features in Remarkable Rocks. Given strips of paper labeled with headings from the table of contents, pupils read the book independently and place the labels over corresponding text. They take notes on one book section and share what they learned with the group.
Guided Reading with Elizabeti's Doll
Practice reading strategies using Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Readers utilize decoding and comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading the story. A detailed list of text features, high frequency words, possible related phonics skills, and comprehension questions are included.
Explorers in Kansas
Fourth graders read cards about the explorers: Coronado, Lewis, and Clark, Pike, and Long. In this influential expeditions instructional activity, 4th graders describe and observe explorers who came to Kansas. Students locate main reasons and details as they compare and contrasts the experiences of all four expeditions. Students then read a map and review text features to complete a worksheet.
Text Features Scavenger Hunt!
Here is a cute idea that will give second graders a way to show what they know about text features commonly found in informational texts. First, they match the text feature cards to their definitions, then they make a text feature book. Each of the common text features is listed on a small half-sized page, then children find actual examples from real books, cut them out, and paste them in their own personal reference guides. Tip: Have each student bring in one informational textbook from home to use for the project.
Text Features and Author's Purpose
How do the text features support the purpose of the text? Help your class study different text features by providing them with this resource. Using the graphic organizer, readers will scan a text, searching for text features.
Menasha History: Change Over Time
Students explore nonfiction text features. In this Menasha, Wisconsin geography and nonfiction comprehension lesson, students share phrases for the "K" and "W" portion of a KWL chart about Menasha. Students complete a KWL chart with a partner while researching a Menasha website. Students locate nonfiction text features within the website, note them on Post-it notes, and share their findings with the class.
Giant Pandas: Guided Reading
Students discuss Giant Pandas. In this reading comprehension lesson plan students read a nonfiction book about pandas. Students read silently to themselves. Students both the information gained from the text as well as particular text features.
Guided Reading: Fossils
Read the nonfiction book Fossils by Becky Olien and use text features to gain information about fossils. Then have partners or small groups discuss what they read.
Analyzing Nonfiction Text Features - Graphs
Students examine the text features of non-fiction. In this literacy lesson plan, students practice reading graphs and discover the authors intent for using them in primary and secondary sources.