Lesson: Text Features

Katy Byrns ERES Academy Oakland, CA
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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to list at least 5 different types of text features and explain how they aide reading comprehension.

Lesson Plan

5th Grade
5.RC.2.1– Text Features
Standard : Reading Comprehension 2.1
Understand how text features (e.g., format, graphics, sequence, diagrams, illustrations, charts, maps) make information accessible and usable.
I. Desired Outcome
By the end of the period, students will be able to find examples in books and magazine of at least 8 different non-fiction text features.
II. Evidence of Learning
Scavenger hunt list
III. Opening the Lesson
A. Activity to open the lesson ideally:
 1. Motivates and engages students,
 2. Either assesses prior knowledge or explicitly builds on prior knowledge/life experiences/interests – for example, “Do Nows”
 3. States the objective of the lesson.
B. How long will the opening take?
C. Consider Blooms Taxonomy/Ask good questions (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation)
One part of becoming a better reader is learning how to fully use and understand the text your reading. Good readers pay attention to more than just the words on the page. Good readers also use different parts of a book, magazine or newspaper article to get a better understanding of the text.
Today we are going to practice identifying different text features in Non-Fiction texts. Text features are the different parts of a book or other type of text that helps us understand the information better.  What text features do we already know about? (List student responses on the board.)
(7 minutes)
IV. Instruction and Modeling – What is the teacher doing?
A.What are you going to teach and how? (Will you provide relevant information, model thought processes, establish guides or graphic organizers, etcetera?)
B.How will you differentiate instruction? (small groups, guided math, guided reading, guided writing, literature circles, etc)
C..How long will each activity take?
D. Consider Blooms Taxonomy/Ask good questions (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation)
E. Consider Newmann’s Rigor
Show students the Text Features Power Point. They can take notes on the corresponding notes sheets.
Questions to ask during lesson:
How does this text feature help you understand the text?
Where have you seen this text feature in your own reading?
How could you use these text feature in your own writing? What genre of writing would it fit in?
Go through “Beelzebufo” article with students and discuss/identify the different text features.
(20 minutes)
V.Guided Practice – What are the students doing?
A.What will students do to interact and practice the subject matter? 
B. How will you differentiate instruction? 
C.What sorts of groupings will you use?
D.How long will each activity take?
Divide students into groups of 3 or 4 and give each group an assortment of texts including magazines, newspapers, NF books; fiction books, etc.
Give each group a copy of the “Text Features Scavenger Hunt” and have them find as many text features as they can. If you have enough extra magazines and newspapers, you can let them cut out examples of each text feature. 
Have students share the examples they found at the end of the scavenger hunt.
(25 minutes)
VI. Independent Practice
Give students post test article with numbered text features. Students will identify each type of text feature on the answer sheet (labeled “Pre Test”..oops)
(15 minutes)
VIII. Closing the Lesson
Post vocabulary words for text features in your classroom. Tape a short sentence strip up under each text feature type. Encourage students to put up a tally every time they use one of the text features. Keep this posted after teaching the text feature lesson to remind students to continue looking for these text features and using them.
(5 minutes, ongoing)
1. What went well?
2. What would you change?
3. What needs explanation?
Students love the scavenger hunt and the power point does a great job of showing multiple examples of the text features.
There is a corresponding “featureless” article that goes with the Beelzebufo article. You could add this as another lesson in which students add their own text features before you show them the final article with text features.
I recommend stopping the students midway through the scavenger hunt and having a few volunteers share what they have found so far. This helps students who are stuck to have more ideas of where to look.

Lesson Resources

Text Features Scavenger Hunt   Activity
text features vocab   Notes
pre reading non fiction   Activity
Link 2 Literacy
Beelzebufo article with text features  
Text Features Pretest Answer Sheet  
Text Features Post Test Answer Key  
Text Features Post Test Article  
Text Features Notes  
Text Features PPoint by Sarita Rich  
Beelzebufo article without text features  


Emily Bonds Posted 8 months ago:

Anytime we can get our students active in learning this information they enjoy it and remember it.  The scavenger hunt is a great idea.   We also address these text features in second grade.  I think I can use this. Thank you!

Crystal James Posted one year ago:

Thank you for this lesson!! My students loved it and so did I!!

Amanda Hoge Posted one year ago:
These resources were very helpful in my Reading small groups :) Thanks!



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