October 3, 2017
By Lily Jones

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Text Feature Detective

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Students will be able to analyze the parts of a nonfiction text.

(15 minutes)
  • Read aloud a nonfiction text. Ask students to share what the main topic is, the key ideas, and any evidence or connections that they can make.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that nonfiction texts have different text features. Text featuresAre ways of presenting and teaching information. Write a list of the following text features on the board: table of contents, glossary, pictures with captions, headings, charts, or graphs.
  • Go through and look for tables of contents in the book you read aloud to the class.
(10 minutes)
  • Present the Where Are the Text Features? worksheet. Lead students in looking for the remaining text features that you wrote on the board.
  • Explain that all nonfiction texts will not include all of the text features.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students select and read a nonfiction text.
  • Handout the Where Are the Text Features? worksheet. Have students search for and record the different text features that they find.


  • Have students complete the worksheet while examining a nonfiction text they have previously read.


  • Have students complete the Read the Pictures worksheet.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they analyze the different text features.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share the types of text features that they found in the texts they examined.

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