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Teaching Text Features to Help Students Navigate Nonfiction Texts

By Beth Newingham on March 6, 2012
  • 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.)

Comments (10)

I just printed these posters. Just to let you know, the word diagram is missing the a in the purpose section. Thought you'd like to know!

I used this as a project for middle school students. I created one myself as a model. I laminated the pages in order to use it year after year.

I am desperately trying to print these posters. I used them last year with great success but they are ragged from use. Please tell me what I need to do to sucessfully print these posters.

Please disregard the last post. It just takes a LONG time to connect. Thanks for sharing such awesome teaching tools!

What's the secret to getting the text feature posters to connect and open? Would love to see them.

For those who cannot print, right click on the hyperlink and Save Target As. Then print the PDF. Thanks for sharing these!

Thanks for this tip! If you are having trouble printing take a look at this tip, it helps with printing! Yay!!

I would love these also! Can't get them to print either!

I really like this idea...anyway you can repost them? I cannot get them to open.

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