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Transcript of Text Features
Clues and Examples for NeSA-R
Pay close attention to everything that is in the parenthesis
Focus is on Non-fiction text
Skimming a selection for meaning
Example: Which is the best alternate heading for this section?
1.1.6.g - Identify text features in informational text (e.g., titles, bold print, italic, illustrations, captions)
4.1.6g - Apply knowledge of text features to locate information and gain meaning from text (e.g. glossary, maps, charts, illustrations, headings, captions, font/format styles) 5.1.6.g - Apply knowledge of text features to locate information and gain meaning from a text (e.g., index, maps, charts, tables, graphs, headings, subheadings) The text materials in your classroom are filled with clues that can help your students
understand their assigned reading. Unit titles give the "Big Picture" Headings help students "chunk" information
in order to make predictions about what will be read. Encourage students to turn headings into
questions to provide a purpose for reading or write alternate headings for each section. Subheadings help identify additional details and supporting information students can use to support the main idea. Formats (italics and bold) are often used by authors to highlight important information Charts and graphs are used to illustrate specific points in a visual method that is easily and quickly understood. Students should pay attention to and summarize information in charts and graphs. Pictures help students visualize the text. Maps and timelines help extend meaning and summarize text for students Students can use the table of contents to see how it summarizes the major concepts and ideas Glossaries contain more complete and appropriate definitions than a dictionary Appendix provide additional information and support materials Students can use the alphabetical listing in the index to help find additional information regarding specific topics As human beings we have important elements in our bodies such as heart, lungs, blood vessels and the brain. These elements stand out from the other features of our body. Textbooks and informational text also have important elements that stand out from the other parts of the text. The Big Five: Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension Thieves Procedure:
Show grade-level, non-fiction text
Tell students we are going to see how much information we can "steal" from the chapter before we actually read it
Model how to go through each of the text features on the "Thieves" practice form
Give students opportunities to provide information for each of the text features on the form
After going through the above steps several times, students can do this in pairs and then eventually independently
Always come together and share the information about the text Feature Story Procedure:
Use this tool as you introduce your text or at the beginning of a new unit to connect prior knowledge and predict the intended learning
Students find specific examples within the text, noting the page number. They develop a question that their peers could answer that would help them understand the importance of the feature
You could also complete column 3 and have students complete form as a "scavenger hunt" noting the page number of the correct answer to your questions. Your questions could introduce the information to be learned in the unit Alternate Headings:
Have students create alternate headings for headings or subheadings within the text