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.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Nonfiction pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Nonfiction pre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify the features found in a nonfiction text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.
(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.
(20 minutes)
  • Pass out additional nonfiction texts and the What Are You Reading? worksheet and have students complete them independently.

Support:

  • Go over an additional nonfiction book with a small group of students and then complete the What Are You Reading? worksheet together.

Enrichment:

  • Have students complete the Searching for Text Features worksheet.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess whether students’ are able to identify the text features found in a nonfiction text.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the text features found in a nonfiction book as a group using the mentor text.

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