Exploring Text Features

A instructional activity challenges scholars to identify text features of nonfiction text. Following an introductory discussion, the class walks through a textbook to review several text features such as the table of contents, headings, glossaries, and more. Pairs work collaboratively to complete a scavenger hunt that takes them through their textbook to locate text features. A T-chart provides a visually pleasant list of features and their purpose. Participants share their finished products with their peers. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Perform the lesson at the start of the school year to familiarize class members with their textbooks 
  • Create a bulletin board or anchor chart that displays a large replica of a textbook, include arrows and labels for learners to reference while they work 
  • Coordinate the lesson with the school librarians, invite them to introduce a variety of nonfiction texts and review text features 
Classroom Considerations
  • Make copies of handouts before starting the lesson 
  • The lesson is compatible with any nonfiction text 
  • Ways to differentiate instruction and extension ideas are provided 
  • None
Common Core