Lesson Plan

Searching for Text Features

Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and describe the purpose of text features in nonfiction texts.

Language

Students will be able to identify and describe text features at a sentence level using content-specific vocabulary, sentence frames, and partner support.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Hold up a nonfiction book.
  • Ask the students to look closely at the cover of the book.
  • Call on a volunteer to share the title and author of the book.
  • Remind students that the title tells us what the book is about, and the author tells us who wrote the book.
  • Remind students that nonfiction books give us facts, or real information, about a topic.