Informational Nonfiction Text Features Unit

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5th - 8th
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This is a really well put together unit. My students had fun with the engaging activities and it has really helped them to understand text features.
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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. This text features unit is an excellent ELA back-to-school activity!

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 Test

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Unit Outline

Seven Detailed Lesson Plans

Five Original Informational Articles

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Cooperative Learning Activities

Answer Keys

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Formative Assessment (Quiz)

Writing Assignments

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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