Lesson: Looking at Table of Contents, Glossary, and Index

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Lesson Objective

Objective: Students will be able to identify text features, their importance, and provide an example of them.

Lesson Plan





Connection:  Yesterday we looked at different types of graphic representations you might find in a newspaper like invitations, or ads, and today we are going to look at types you might find in your book. 


Teach:  Today you are going to learn what a table of context, index, and glossary is in a book and what it offers you. 


Model:  Watch me as I locate the table of contents of an informational text book.  The table of contents lists the different sections of the book.  It is a great way for you to identify what each area will be about.  It also is a great hint as to what the main idea of each section is about.  Next there is the index the index is where you locate what area of the book you can find something, for example if I am reading a book about birds and want to know what they eat I can look in the index to find the page that I can go to quickly to find the answer I am looking for.  And finally we are going to look at the glossary and the glossary is where you can go to look up the meanings of words you  may find in your tex t that you don’t’ know the meaning of. 


Link:  So today and everyday use the text features of an informational text book to locate specific information in your text book and to use it to help you identify the main idea, words, and meaning of your book.


Independent Work:  Students complete the sheet that has them look at the different parts of the book.

Students will fill out a chart that lists the features, what it is, and find an example of this, and write why it is important to pay attention to the feature. 

Lesson Resources

Looking at the table of contents index and glossary Lesson  


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