Lesson Plan

Non-Fiction Text Features

How are non-fiction text features used?
Ashley S.
Classroom teacher
Widmyer Elementary School
Berkeley Springs, United States
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

The students will be able to know and use various informational text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.


The students will be able to explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify an informational text.


English Language Arts
Grades 2
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1 Hook

The students will view the BrainPop Jr. video titled, "Reading Non-Fiction."  In the video they will explore the different parts of a non-fiction book (ex. table of contents, glossary, captions and index).

2 DIrect Instruction

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Review the non-fiction text features presented in the video, and tell students that you want them to be looking for those non-fiction text features as they listen to the book, "Turantula!"  As you read, have students identify different text features and discuss how they are helpful to the reader.

3 Guided Practice


The teacher will present the students with a non-fiction text feature scavenger hunt.  The students will work in small groups; and will be given a list of text features that they need to find in books within the classroom library.  As they find examples of each text feature, they will use iPads, iPods or another device with a camera to take a picture and check it off on their list.

As the students work with their groups, the teacher will go around to each group and discuss what they are finding and assist as needed.


4 Independent Practice

Within their small groups from the previous activity, each students will choose one non-fiction text feature to present using Aurasma.  Students will use their photos of non-fiction text features as trigger images on Aurasma.  They will record themselves describing the non-fiction text feature of their choice, and how it can be useful to readers.  The rest of the class can then view the different videos using the trigger images found during the scavenger hunt.  These trigger images can also be sent home for parents to view.

5 Assessment

Using Poll Everywhere, students will answer questions about non-fiction text features individually to show what they know.