Teaching Text Features to Help Students Navigate Nonfiction Texts
- Grades: 3–5
When working with nonfiction texts, I must first show students the tools that they will be using before I can teach them to gather information, determine importance, or find supporting details. Those tools are the predictable, common features of nonfiction texts.
I created text feature posters to help my students recognize, name, and understand the purpose of the most common features, from captions to tables to graphs. (Special thanks to Charla Lau, the reading specialist at my school, for the idea.)