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Non-Fiction Text Features

Text features

Kate Lootens

on 5 January 2016

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Transcript of Non-Fiction Text Features


Text features are used by authors to help a
reader better understand non-fiction text.

You use them to:
Predict what you'll be reading about
Sort information
Follow directions
Make sense of numerical information
a heavy dot (usually) used for:
marking paragraphs
calling attention to information
itemizing sections of text
listing items

The name of the piece of writing
Gives details of the topic

organizes the writing into smaller sections
helps identify the main idea/topic in each section
helps the reader identify specific information
A camera picture of the topic
Helps tell the story
Gives the reader an actual image of the topic
Explain the picture.
Give information that's not in the text
Helpful in predicting what the article is about
Grab attention
Author fits in information that would not go easily into the main narrative.
They provide additional information related to the article.
They can provide a different viewpoint on a topic
A hand or computerized drawing
Gives the readers a visual image
Used in instructions, diagrams etc...

Illustration that explain what is being read about.
Labels parts
Shows how something works
Words that are slanted to the right
Draws attention to important ideas
Words that appear in darker print
Draws attention to important ideas
Points out vocabulary words
The author's name in an article
Who the article is "by"
Graphic representation of information
Summarizes or compares information
Where the information comes from
Sources can be the names of books, magazines, newspapers, or people that provided information
In textbooks it may be included in the bibliography
Text Features
What is the purpose of non-fiction writing?
Every piece of writing has a purpose for being written. Non-Fiction writings are most often based on facts, events, and people.
-To explain
-To inform
-To teach how to do something
-To express an opinion
-To persuade readers to do or
believe in something
-To entertain
Skim and Scan
is used to quickly find the main ideas of a text. Skimming involves reading quickly (about 3-4 times faster than normal).
involves looking at contents, chapter headings, graphics, diagrams, and introductions to determine if this is a good resource to use.
Skim and Scan to discover if this article would answer these questions:
1. What company was responsible for the
alligator infestation?
2. What other animals did this company bring in
and why?
3. What one point do the company and the
couple agree on?
On the classroom page, there are links to two articles ("Dazzle and Dang" and "The Future of Newspapers") that display examples of different text features. In a new Google doc, cite examples of as many of the text features that you can find; you must find at least eight (excluding photograph and title). Be sure to include which article it came from, which text feature it is an example of, and the example.
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