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Non-Fiction Text Features
Transcript of Non-Fiction Text Features
Table of Contents
Text features are used by authors to help a
reader better understand what is being read. There are
lots of text features. We will only look at a few.
Captions explain a picture.
They help us understand
what is being read even if it
is not in the text.
Photographs help tell the story.
They show the reader an actual picture
of what is being read about.
Diagrams are drawings that explain
what is being read about. They may include
words written on the drawing showing more detail than what is read in the text.
Bold print is how the author shows you that a word or words are important.They may highlight the words or make them really dark so they stand out against the rest of the story.
Labels tell more about a picture or diagram.
They are the words that describe what you
are looking at. Labels may include important
information that helps you understand the topic
Headings are the titles on a page that tell you
what you are about to read. The headings
are related to the overall topic of the story but
break down information so you can understand
what the author is saying more clearly.
The glossary is a list of important words
that the author used in the story. The words are listed in alphabetical order and have a definition to help you understand what the word means.
Table of contents lists the parts or headings of a book. It shows you the page numbers of each part of the book so that you can see what topics you are going to read about. You can use the table of contents to quickly turn to a part in the book you want to read again.
Maps show the location of the topic
the book is talking about. Maps may have
captions along with them. They may also have
special colors to focus on a particular place.
The index tells you what the important words
mean and where you can find them.
The index is usually in the back of the book.