Do your middle school students struggle reading informational texts? This 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.
- bolded words
- bullet points
- color variations
- table of contents
- font size/type variation
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
Teacher Guidelines Page
Seven Detailed Lesson Plans
Five Original Informational Articles
Kinesthetic Learning Activities
Cooperative Learning Activities
Formative Assessment (Quiz)
Slides Presentations with Examples and Explanations
Instructions for Slides Presentations
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