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Text Features

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on 20 October 2014

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Transcript of Text Features

Text Features
What are text features?
Authors include text features to help the reader better understand what they have read.
Provide information that may not be written in the text itself
What are text features?
Text features can be found in textbooks, magazine articles, newspapers, reports, web pages, and other forms of nonfiction text.
What are text features?
Lists the major parts of a book along with their page numbers

It outlines the main topics or main points

Helps locate information in the book and see how everything is organized
Table of Contents
An alphabetical listing of the key names, terms, events, and topics with page numbers.

Readers use the index to help find pages that contain information they are looking for
Divide the text into sections

Tell the main idea of each section of text

Printed in large or bold type to make them stand out

The style and color of the text sends the reader signals about how to read the content.
Text (Bold, Color, and Italics)
Key words
to notice are in
or in


Text in italics is used in picture captions, books titles, and any other element that needs to stand out
Text in bold,
, or italics draws the reader's attention to important information
Photos and illustrations give information in a visual way.
They help tell the story.
They work with the words and headings to help teach material.
They help the reader understand an idea from the text that was unclear.
A caption explains what is shown in a picture or illustration

Captions help the reader understand information that may or may not be in the text
Timelines show importand events in chronological order or time order.

Timelines help the reader better understand the order of events and how one event may have lead to another

A textbox provides more information than is in the text about a topic

A textbox can include interesting facts or important information the author wants the reader to know

Textboxes help readers understand by creating interest or emphasizing important information
Maps are drawings that show the basic shape of the land and other geographical, political, or historical features

They present information in a visual form

They help the reader understand where an event happens

They help the reader understand how far away an event took place
A diagram is a drawing that shows or explains something

To understand a diagram the reader should read the titles, labels, captions, and numbered parts

Diagrams help the reader understand steps, how objects are made, or information in the text
Tables organize large amounts of information in a small space

Tables present all kinds of data, from numbers and amounts, to calendars and menus

Tables help the reader compare information in the text
Timelines show important events in chronological order or time order

Timelines help the reader better understand the order of events and how one event may have led to another
A list of key terms in alphabetical order

Each key word is defined

Tells you how to pronounce a word

Titles tell the reader the topic of the text.

Titles help the reader by letting them know what they are about to read.

Titles focus the reader on a topic so they can make connections between what they already know and the text.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reminder: Your grammar page 2 is due today
<-------- Look at the side board to complete
your bell ringer.
Do you remember
which type of sentence this is?
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