Text features are to non-fiction what story elements are to fiction. Text features help the reader make sense of what they are reading and are the building blocks for text structure (see below). So what exactly are non-fiction text features?
Text features go hand-in-hand with comprehension. Without them, comprehension could be greatly compromised. For example, if the author wants a reader to understand where a country is in the world, then providing a map helps the reader visualize and understand the importance of that country’s location. If the anatomy of an animal is vitally important to understanding a text, a detailed photograph with labels gives the reader the support he needs to comprehend the text.
Text features also help readers determine what is important to the text and to them. Without a table of contents or an index, readers can spend wasted time flipping through the book to find the information they need. Special print helps draw the attention of the reader to important or key words and phrases.
This colorful, three page 'secret' reader's guide is a great addition to any non-fiction toolbox. They can be printed for students to keep in a reading binder/folder or printed poster size to hang in the classroom. At Operation EDU, we design products that are multi-functional so that teachers can use them in anyway they see fit.