Lesson Plan

Searching for Text Features

This fun combination of scavenger hunt and bingo is sure to please young learners. Not only will your students increase their knowledge of text features, they'll also enjoy a selection of engaging games.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify informational text features and explain how the features contribute to a better understanding of the text.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(10 minutes)
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  • Walk students through one of your informational texts.
  • Ask students to describe what makes this book different than an ordinary fiction picture book. (It is expected that students will point out charts, graphs, and other examples of text features.)
  • Review with students the purpose of text features. Text features add important details and information to the story. Authors use text structures to further explain their topic. Good readers use text structures to deepen their understanding.
  • Give some examples of text features: graph, diagram, map, index, glossary, chart, table, and picture.

Beginning

  • Choose a text that has a light linguistic load for students to focus on nonfiction text features.
  • Provide student-friendly definitions, images, and examples of text features demonstrated in the sample book (e.g., graph, diagram, illustration, chart, index). If applicable, provide a translation into a student's home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • Pair students up to discuss their observations of text features prior to contributing to the whole class discussion.