June 13, 2018
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by Beth Lemon

EL Support Lesson

Nonfiction Text Features

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the How Many Features? lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the How Many Features? lesson plan.
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Students will be able to use and identify nonfiction text features.

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I can identify and use nonfiction text features.

(2 minutes)
  • Project the Frayer Model worksheet for the word fiction and check student comprehension throughout by asking them to orally repeat the definition or provide examples.
  • Complete the Frayer Model, thinking aloud and asking for student volunteers as you go.
(10 minutes)
  • Use visuals and/or sentences as you define each vocabulary word and allow students to discuss how the visual relates to the new word.
  • Post the other Frayer Models around the room and remind students of how to complete the models.
  • Conduct a carousel activity by separating the students into groups of three or four and asking them to rotate from one Frayer Model to another. Each group will have their own colored pencil or marker to add thoughts and notes about the tiered vocabulary words.
  • Separate students into groups with a completed Frayer Model and have them answer questions aloud about the word. For example:
    • What does the word mean?
  • Have students use sentence frames for support in their oral discussion.
  • Allow students to create and share aloud their own sentences with the new vocabulary words. For example:
    • I look in the ____ of a book to find ____.
(9 minutes)
  • Distribute the Starfish Text Features worksheet, read the directions to the students, and ask a volunteer to repeat the instructions back to you.
  • Ask the students what they think the text is about. Point out the heading, "Starfish."
  • Think aloud to model analyzing the heading. Ask: "Which type of text feature is this? How do we know?" Have students explain the clues.
  • Point to the next feature, the diagram. Have students work independently to label it.
  • Choose non-volunteers to share their answers and ask students to correct their answers as necessary.
  • Have students work in pairs to discuss the next two features.
(8 minutes)
  • Distribute the Nonfiction Feature Match worksheet, read the directions to the students, and ask a volunteer to repeat the instructions back to you.
  • Have students work with partners to complete the worksheet.
  • Provide sentence stems for students to share with partners as they work. For example:
    • This feature is ____. I know this because ____.
(2 minutes)
  • Assess students' understanding of vocabulary by evaluating their accuracy on the Frayer Models, partner talk, worksheets, and participation throughout the class.
(3 minutes)
  • Distribute index cards/sticky notes. Explain that students should write "true" on one side and "false" on the other. Write these words on the board.
  • Instruct students to hold their cards up with the correct word facing you as you make 3–5 true or false statements. For example:
    • An index tells you the page numbers of different subjects in a book.
    • A diagram is the word(s) found at the top of a text.

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