Nonfiction Text Features

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Rebus Story
Rebus Story
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Rebus Story
A rebus story is like a picture story! It's up to your little storyteller to fill in the blanks with the cut-out pictures on page 1.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Mini Dictionaries!
Mini Dictionaries!
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Mini Dictionaries!
Smaller dictionaries that are totally relevant to the material being read? In this lesson, students will learn that these miraculously really do exist and go by the name of glossaries!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Battle of the Texts: Print vs. Electronics
Battle of the Texts: Print vs. Electronics
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Battle of the Texts: Print vs. Electronics
Are you a page turner or a mouse clicker? In this lesson, students compare and contrast text features in two types of nonfictions texts: print and electronic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features
Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features
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Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features
As your students read through this passage, they will underline key words and reinforce their understanding of those words in context.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sea Turtle Facts
Sea Turtle Facts
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Sea Turtle Facts
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool sea turtle facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
2nd grade
Science
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Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Lesson Plan
Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Knock, knock! It’s the U.S. Census Bureau! In this lesson plan, students analyze primary sources in the form of census data to do research that helps them answer questions about famous people and the time period during which they lived.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Comprehension: Context Clues & Text Features
Nonfiction Comprehension: Context Clues & Text Features
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Nonfiction Comprehension: Context Clues & Text Features
Get ready for some active reading! As your students read through this passage, they will underline key words and reinforce their understanding of words in context.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Tornado Science
Tornado Science
Worksheet
Tornado Science
Learn more about the swirling, whirling science behind tornadoes with this wild worksheet.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
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Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Students will refer to important details to answer text-dependent questions about some wild weather! Get ready to read like a detective and learn some cool facts along the way.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Whales
Interesting Animals: Whales
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Interesting Animals: Whales
Learn all about the interesting world of the whale while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Middle Atlantic State Migration
Middle Atlantic State Migration
Lesson Plan
Middle Atlantic State Migration
In this lesson, your students will use guiding questions as a way to organize their thoughts about non-fiction reading. They will also gain an understanding of some of the factors that led to the colonization of the Middle Atlantic States.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Tsunami Science
Tsunami Science
Worksheet
Tsunami Science
Learn more about the imposing tsunami with this worksheet about the science of tsunamis.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Text Features Evaluation
Text Features Evaluation
Lesson Plan
Text Features Evaluation
Use this lesson to help your ELs evaluate the purpose of text features and justify their answers. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Nonfiction Text Features.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vinnie's Volcano Vocabulary
Vinnie's Volcano Vocabulary
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Vinnie's Volcano Vocabulary
Get this earth science worksheet that will challenge your child's knowledge of volcanoes and teach him some new vocabulary.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities
Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities
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Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities
Discover a new tool for creative assessments and lessons! In this lesson, students will investigate Adobe Spark using Agency by Design thinking routines to help them understand how they can use technology to communicate ideas.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Lesson Plan
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
ELs will gain valuable practice learning about text features as they practice close reading and communication skills during a nonfiction picture walk. Use on its own or as a support for the Classifying Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Classifying Nonfiction Details
Classifying Nonfiction Details
Lesson Plan
Classifying Nonfiction Details
As students re-read nonfiction texts, have them classify visual features and record learnings from the captions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Exploring a Table of Contents
Exploring a Table of Contents
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Exploring a Table of Contents
This worksheet provides a sample table of content and comprehension questions to go along with them to help kids practice.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
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Revolutionary War: Vocabulary Review & Timeline
Students will use content-specific vocabulary in context as they learn about the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
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Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
Students will analyze census data from Sojourner Truth and Walt Disney using past tense verbs and sentence frames. It can be used on its own or as support to the lesson Researching the Past Using Primary Sources.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sojourner Truth Timeline
Sojourner Truth Timeline
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Sojourner Truth Timeline
Track important events in the life of an important woman with this Sojourner Truth timeline, a great way to get used to reading and writing nonfiction.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Parts of an Apple
Parts of an Apple
Worksheet
Parts of an Apple
Here is a fresh and fruity way to learn a bit of life science. Sit down with your little one and teach them all the different parts of an apple!
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
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Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
Use this handy genre guide to teach students about 14 different genres!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Exploring Text Features
Exploring Text Features
Worksheet
Exploring Text Features
Practice finding and identifying text features with your second grader using this helpful checklist.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

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.