Lesson: Text Features

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify text features in non-fiction texts and be able to describe how they inform the reader.

Lesson Plan

Objective:  Students will be able to identify text features in non-fiction texts and be able to describe how they inform the reader.

Lesson Plan: 

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Do Now:  List as many text features that you can think of.

Opening/Direct Instruction:  When authors write non-fiction text, they are kind of greedy.  They like to put a lot of information into the text this is like the ice cream in the sundae.  Authors get greedy when they start wanting to put more toppings on their ice cream, information that fits in, but is just extra, this information makes it more interesting.  These extra toppings are called the text features.  The text features don’t really need to be there, but make the reading more interesting because it offers information that supports what is being read, or expands what we are already thinking.

What text features were you able to come up with during your DO NOW?

Make a list of all the text features the students were able to identify. 

“Luckily, I have a list that you can reference any time that you want!  I will also be keeping this list on the wall throughout our non-fiction unit.”

Guided Practice (WE DO): 

For the next 40 minutes I want you and a partner to find as many examples of text features in everyday text, newspapers, magazines, etc.

You are going to search through these resources and make a poster highlighting all the text features on our list. 

Find multiple examples for each text feature.

Make this poster as colorful and interesting looking as possible.  Be creative.

Independent Practice (YOU DO):

Take a look through “Chew On This” and try to find examples of text features within the book.  Fill out the sheet provided (see attached file) and answer the questions.

Homework:  Look through the Table of Contents and Index, what are some topics that you see that you find interesting and are interested in finding more information on.

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