Are You a Text Detective?
Students will be able to identify the features found in a nonfiction text.
- Choose a nonfiction text to read aloud such as Everything Dogs by Becky Baines and do a picture walk with the students to introduce the text.
- Ask the students what they noticed about the book. Answers might include: photographs, lots of different things on each page, doesn’t look like a story book, etc.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Explain to your students that this is a nonfiction text, or a text about something that is real. Say, “When we read nonfiction we can use something called text features to help us learn.”
- Read aloud a few pages of the text. Pause as you read to point out the different kinds of text features in the book while paying special attention to: illustrations, photos, labels, captions, titles, and diagrams.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Pass out one nonfiction text to pairs of students. Ask them to keep the text closed for just a moment.
- Open the text Everything Dogs by Becky Baines and point to a type of text feature such as the table of contents. Ask the students to work together to find the same text feature in their books. Have them hold up the page and point to the text feature when they have found it.
- Repeat this process with illustrations, photographs, glossary, and captions.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Pass out additional nonfiction texts and the What Are You Reading? worksheet and have students complete them independently.
- Go over an additional nonfiction book with a small group of students and then complete the What Are You Reading? worksheet together.
- Have students complete the Searching for Text Features worksheet.
- Assess whether students’ are able to identify the text features found in a nonfiction text.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Review the text features found in a nonfiction book as a group using the mentor text.