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Vocabulary Cards: Nonfiction Text Features
Vocabulary Cards: Nonfiction Text Features
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Vocabulary Cards: Nonfiction Text Features
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Nonfiction Text Features.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Searching for Text Features
Glossary: Searching for Text Features
Worksheet
Glossary: Searching for Text Features
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Searching for Text Features.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Eel Facts
Eel Facts
Worksheet
Eel Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool eel facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Vocabulary Cards: Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Revolutionary War Vocabulary.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Vocabulary Cards: Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Diagrams
Making Diagrams
Worksheet
Making Diagrams
This worksheet teaches first graders the important role that diagrams play in informational text.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers
Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers
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Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers
Children learn about three women who emerged as influential photographers during the Great Depression in the United States through the FSA program.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Deborah Sampson
Deborah Sampson
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Deborah Sampson
Want to meet a real-life Mulan? Read up on Deborah Sampson, a barrier-breaking woman who fought for equality in the armed forces.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Dictionaries & Definitions
Vocabulary Cards: Dictionaries & Definitions
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Dictionaries & Definitions
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Dictionaries & Definitions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Glossary: Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
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Glossary: Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Introduction to Charts and Diagrams.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Learning About Text Features
Vocabulary Cards: Learning About Text Features
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Vocabulary Cards: Learning About Text Features
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Learning About Text Features.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Captions for Illustrations
Vocabulary Cards: Captions for Illustrations
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Captions for Illustrations
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Captions for Illustrations.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ozark Big-Eared Bat Coloring Page
Ozark Big-Eared Bat Coloring Page
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Ozark Big-Eared Bat Coloring Page
There's a happy-looking, big-eared bat and some fun facts on this coloring page! And it's a great way to start a talk about endangered animals with your child.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Movie Theater Candy
Movie Theater Candy
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Movie Theater Candy
Do you and your kid know when and how movie theater candy came into existence? Read about concessions that date back to the beginning of movies.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Captions for Illustrations
Glossary: Captions for Illustrations
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Glossary: Captions for Illustrations
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Captions for Illustrations.
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Understand Text Features
Glossary: Understand Text Features
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Glossary: Understand Text Features
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Understand Text Features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Text Features Evaluation
Vocabulary Cards: Text Features Evaluation
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Text Features Evaluation
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Text Features Evaluation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Understand Text Features
Vocabulary Cards: Understand Text Features
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Understand Text Features
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Understand Text Features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Learning About Text Features
Glossary: Learning About Text Features
Worksheet
Glossary: Learning About Text Features
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Learning About Text Features.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Table of Contents Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents Treasure Hunt
Activity
Table of Contents Treasure Hunt
Send your child on a table of contents treasure hunt to help build basic research skills! Navigating a book is a skill that is sure to come in handy later on.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Understanding Headers and Subheaders
Understanding Headers and Subheaders
Activity
Understanding Headers and Subheaders
Paying attention to headers and subheaders is a great way to orient your child to the text they're tackling. Here's how:
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Flightless Birds
Flightless Birds
Story
Flightless Birds
What do ostriches and penguins have in common? In this text, kids compare and contrast facts about these two kinds of flightless birds.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Story

Nonfiction Text Features

Textbooks are essential tools of education, which is why it is critical for students to understand how to utilize them. The non-fiction text resources teach kids how to identify important components within a written text such as diagrams, maps infographics and vocabulary words. Other non-fiction text resources offer insight on specific topics such as extreme weather science and history lessons on Paul Revere’s Ride and the History of Television.
One of the most important skills to teach students is how to do research. While the student may look at this as simply a means to an end, that end being writing a research paper, this is actually teaching them to think critically and analytically. The ability to read and understand nonfiction will allow them to begin to form their own thoughts based on a myriad of sources.
Being able to understand nonfiction texts can be difficult. Much like fiction writing has different story elements, nonfiction writings have text features. Text features are strategies that writers make use of to enhance reader comprehension. Some examples are:
  • Photos or Illustrations - images can help readers visualize and understand more difficult concepts
  • Captions - text descriptions of photos or images
  • Graphics - visual representations of data sets
  • Special Print - using italicized or bold font can bring attention to and emphasize certain passages and keywords.

Nonfiction texts also typically follow one of several text structures. Some of the more common structures include:
  • Compare and Contrast - shows how two things are alike and different
  • Descriptive - provides information about a particular concept, item, or person
  • Problem and Solution - presents a problem and describes a solution to the problem

For early students, nonfiction also presents an opportunity to teach the difference between fact and opinion. Reviewing some of the nonfiction texts provided above by Education.com can offer opportunities for students to practice this skill. Learning to read nonfiction text critically will enable our students to formulate their own educated opinions later in life.