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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!

Students will learn about three nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams. They will analyze and interpret the information represented in these visual forms and discover how they aid in the comprehension of nonfiction texts.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to read and analyze charts, graphs, and diagrams.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Reading Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams from Nonfiction Texts
  • Tell students that today you will be talking about three specific types of text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams.
  • Explain to students that text features are parts of a book or an article that are not the main body of the text. These features give us more information to help us understand what we are reading.

Beginning

  • Show students real examples of charts, diagrams, and graphs in nonfiction texts.

Intermediate

  • Provide a definition or synonym of "text features" in students' home language.

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Informational Text 3

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fourth grade
Subject Reading & Writing