Nonfiction Text Features

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How Many Features?
How Many Features?
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How Many Features?
What’s the deal with all of those text features? Use this handy lesson plan to help your second graders answer that very question.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Endangered Species Exploration
Endangered Species Exploration
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Endangered Species Exploration
Teach your students the importance of text features with informational readings about endangered species around the world. This lesson on wildlife doubles as a great way for young learners to hone their reading comprehension skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Details! Details! Details!
Details! Details! Details!
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Details! Details! Details!
Do your students lack color and details in illustrations? Are you tired of gazing at a blank piece of white paper? Well... no more! Use the following lesson to turn your students into detailed illustrators.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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All About Nonfiction
All About Nonfiction
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All About Nonfiction
Use this lesson plan as a stand alone or support lesson to introduce or review nonfiction text features to your ELs.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Paint a Word Picture
Paint a Word Picture
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Paint a Word Picture
Students become word artists as they use ordinary pictures to practice creating detailed descriptions. This technique helps your class learn how to paint a picture with words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Piano Facts
Piano Facts
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Piano Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool piano facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Whale Facts
Whale Facts
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Whale Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool whale facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing
Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing
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Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing
Captions and illustrations come together and leap forth from your class as they relate to nonfiction texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Captions for Illustrations
Captions for Illustrations
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Captions for Illustrations
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn about the components that make a good caption for an illustration. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Text Features
Analyzing Text Features
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Analyzing Text Features
Want students to use text features in their writing? Begin by having them examine the text features that they see in informational books.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Formatting Nonfiction Text
Formatting Nonfiction Text
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Formatting Nonfiction Text
Text formatting can add a lot of richness to how information is explained. In this lesson students will explore the organization of nonfiction texts and go on a scavenger hunt for different kinds of text formatting features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Not all nonfiction texts on the same topic are created equal! Using this lesson plan, your class will become familiar with nonfiction features by comparing and contrasting texts on a shared topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Guitar Facts
Guitar Facts
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Guitar Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool guitar facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Fine arts
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Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
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Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Children learn about three songs that inspired and gave hope to the people who fled slavery via the Underground Railroad, then answer questions about what they have learned.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
English Pronunciation
English Pronunciation
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English Pronunciation
Help your beginning reader learn about phonetic spellings that show how to pronounce a word. In this activity, she'll match each word with its pronunciation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Text Feature Detective
Text Feature Detective
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Text Feature Detective
From labeled pictures to glossaries, there are lots of different nonfiction text features for students to learn about. In this lesson, students hunt for text features while learning how they provide meaning and present information.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Mineral Match-Up
Mineral Match-Up
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Mineral Match-Up
Learn some new words and facts about precious minerals with this word-scramble and matching worksheet.
2nd grade
Science
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History of Television
History of Television
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History of Television
Ever wonder how the plasma TV came to be? Read a brief history of the television with this ode to inventors.
5th grade
Social studies
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Are You a Text Detective?
Are You a Text Detective?
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Are You a Text Detective?
Kindergarten students will become text feature detectives as they hunt for the different text features found in nonfiction books in this fun reading lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Picture Puzzlers
Picture Puzzlers
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Picture Puzzlers
Make your students into storytellers with this lesson where they will learn how to make complete stories of their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Earthquakes: Text Features
Earthquakes: Text Features
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Earthquakes: Text Features
Help students appreciate the information they can get from text features!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
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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.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Hurricane Science
Hurricane Science
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Hurricane Science
Learn all about hurricanes in this earth science Q&A.
5th grade
Science
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Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Be a Nonfiction Detective!
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Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Take the mystery out of comprehending nonfiction by becoming a text feature detective! Find clues before reading to get your brain ready to learn!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Don’t Plateau in Geography!
Don’t Plateau in Geography!
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Don’t Plateau in Geography!
Your students’ understanding will reach its peak when they ask detail-seeking questions from observations made about plateaus, mesas, canyons, and buttes. Students will use illustrations and text to assist in their questions and answers.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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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.