Lesson Plan

Using Text Features for Comprehension

Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to understand the purpose behind text features and how they can be of help to them in making sense of nonfictional text.

Language

Students will be able to explain information gained from the text and illustrations with words and phrases using sentence stems and graphic organizers.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Gaining Information from the Text and its FeaturesWorking Together: Text and Text FeaturesWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplateGlossary: Text FeaturesVocabulary Cards: Using Text Features for ComprehensionVocabulary Instruction Chart
  • Ask students to think about what they can find in a nonfiction text, other than the words in sentences and paragraphs. Record their answers on the board or chart paper.
  • Explain that all the extra things we find in a nonfiction text are called text features. These support us as we read and learn about a topic.
  • Share with students that they will explain information gained from the text and illustrations throughout this lesson. They will use sentence stems and graphic organizers.