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.
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.
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.
Review or assess your second graders' understanding of simple non-fiction text features with this table of contents activity. Young readers will practice using a table of contents to find information and answer questions about chameleons.
Kids will sharpen their dictionary skills with this challenging guide words sort. By sorting a group of words into their correct dictionary locations, young readers will gain confidence and dexterity in their reading and vocabulary abilities.
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.
Use this ocean-themed worksheet to measure your students' understanding of simple nonfiction text features. Your little bookworm will practice using a table of contents to find information and answer questions about the whole book.
Venn Diagram: Compare and Contrast Text Features of Nonfiction Printed Text and Nonfiction Electronic Text
When paired with two types of nonfiction texts, this classic graphic organizer will help students visualize the similarities and differences between the text features of printed text and electronic text.
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.