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1 An Introduction to Nonfiction Text Features
Text Feature Hunt An Introduction to Nonfiction Text Features

2 Text features are the parts of a nonfiction book that help you find information easily or tell you more about the topic. Some examples are: Titles Table of Contents Headings Photographs Illustrations Captions Bold words Glossary Electronic Menu Icons

3 Title: the name of the book
Titles tell the reader the topic of the text. Titles show the main idea 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.

4 Table of Contents: gives the heading and beginning page number for each section of the book
The table of contents shows how the book is organized so you can find information more easily. The heading titles give the reader an outline of what the book is about. Table of Contents Flowers………………..………..3 Vegetables………………..…..9 Fruit……………………… Trees……………………………15 Glossary……………………….20

5 Headings: divide the text into sections
Headings tell the main idea of each section of text. Headings are printed in large or bold type to make them stand out. Headings help the reader to locate information in the text by telling them where to look.

6 Photographs: a picture taken with a camera that show how something looks in real life
Photographs show how something looks, which helps the reader better understand the topic they are reading about.

7 Illustrations: a hand-drawn picture
Illustrations help the reader “see” what is being talked about in the text.

8 Captions: the words next to or below a picture that tell what it is or what it is about
A caption explains what is shown in a photograph or illustration. Captions help the reader understand information that may or may not be in the text.

9 Bold Words: important words that are darker than the text around them
Bold words tell the reader to pay attention – these words are important! Bold words can be used for titles, headings, and key words like important vocabulary words. Sometimes the important words will be a different color or in italics. Sometimes the meaning of the important words can be found in the glossary.

10 Glossary: tells what important words mean
A glossary is like a small dictionary of words. It tells or shows what words mean. The words in the glossary are in alphabetical order. The words in the glossary were used in the book. A glossary is usually found at the end of the book or near the back. Glossary flower: the part of the plant that makes new seeds fruit: the part of the plant that holds the seeds seed: the part of the plant that can grow into a new plant

11 screen shot from
Electronic Menu: a list of things you can choose from to do something on the computer An electronic menu gives you options, just like a menu at your favorite place to eat. An electronic menu lists all of your options. It helps the user know what is on the computer program or website. An electronic menu helps you navigate, or find your way, around a program or website. screen shot from

12 Icon: a picture that represents something else
Icons can be used to find information in a computer program or website. The picture in the icon represents the information that you can find or the task that you can do. screen shot from

13 Why are text features important?
Text features help the reader to quickly find important information. Text features teach the reader about the topic. Text features can help the reader answer questions about a topic and the text they are reading.

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