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Informational Nonfiction Text Features Unit

Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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Do your middle school students struggle reading informational texts? This Minimal Prep Unit is designed to help middle school students learn to identify and utilize informational text features to help them navigate through and deepen their understanding of a text. Teachers often assume that students know how to use glossaries, headings, etc., but many times they don't. Explicit teaching of Informational Text Features is necessary for students to gain these basic reading skills and become more comfortable in their reading.

This unit is especially beneficial for lower-level readers, English language learners, and Special Education students who may need extra support with informational texts.

Included are many FUN, engaging activities (cooperative and individual) that students will love as they develop important skills.

Unit Explicitly Teaches 19 Text Features:

  • title
  • subtitle
  • picture
  • caption
  • heading
  • subheading
  • bolded words
  • footnote
  • bullet points
  • table
  • glossary
  • sidebar
  • map
  • color variations
  • table of contents
  • index
  • font size/type variation
  • graph
  • timeline

Unit Outline

Lesson 1: Text Features Introduction (Juxtaposition Activity)

Lesson 2: Text Feature Partner Poster Project

Lesson 3: Text Feature Gallery Notes

Lesson 4: Writing with Text Features & Formative Assessment (quiz)

Lesson 5: Text Features in the News (Paper & Digital Options)

Lesson 6: Text Features Review Activity

Lesson 7: Text Features Text

What's Included?

Teacher Guidelines Page

Unit Outline

Seven Detailed Lesson Plans

Five Original Informational Articles

Kinesthetic Learning Activities

Cooperative Learning Activities

Answer Keys

Grading Rubrics

Formative Assessment (Quiz)

Writing Assignments

Digital Options

Slides Presentations with Examples and Explanations

Instructions for Slides Presentations

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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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