Lesson Plan

Understand Text Features

Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Formatting Nonfiction Text lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Formatting Nonfiction Text lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and describe text features in a nonfiction text.

Language

Students will be able to describe text features with verb phrases using sentence frames and visuals.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Text Feature DescriptionsVocabulary Cards: Understand Text FeaturesGlossary: Understand Text FeaturesTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceNonfiction Text Features: Wild, Wild Weather
  • Separate students into groups and distribute a sticky note and a different vocabulary card to each group with the word and meaning cut off. Gather information about their background knowledge by asking students to label the picture and write down all the information they learn from the picture with their group members on the sticky note.
  • Allow each group to paste their vocabulary card, along with their sticky notes, on the board.
  • Tell students they'll learn about and describe text features in this lesson.