Most primary-aged students learn how to do a "Picture Walk" before reading a story. While previewing text, students activate prior knowledge, make predictions, and set a purpose for reading the book. Effective reading instruction includes this important strategy yet this supportive practice is not as common when using informational text.
When entering intermediate grades, students may experience difficulty reading textbooks and informational text due to high-level vocabulary and unfamiliar concepts. In addition to these complexities, students encounter numerous text features throughout the text that often get overlooked even though they have been taught their importance. The Text Feature Walk is a technique that explicitly teaches the purpose and importance of text features which enables students to navigate any informational text more effectively. This two-day lesson plan includes teacher modeling, guided practice, and whole-group discussion. These lessons can be used whole-class or as a small group intervention.
This package includes:
1. Two-day lesson directions
2. Five Student Cue Cards for small group guided practice
This package aligns to the following Grade 3-5 Common Core State Standards:
ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5 Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
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Colleen and Stacy
Key Words: nonfiction, informational text, text features