Lesson Plan

Text Features

Students identify and explain the purpose of text features.
Tracey C.
Classroom teacher
Old Forge Elementary School
Hagerstown, MD
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math

Students will be able to identify text features.

Students will be able to explain how text features help a reader comprehend a text.

English Language Arts
Grades 3
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1 Hook

Project an image on the projector. It should be a zoomed in image that could have multiple interpretations. Have students tell what the image is by creating their own caption by uploading their caption to Seesaw. Have students share their captions and discuss each one. Share the actual caption for the image. Discuss how students captions were similar or different to the actual caption.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Review text features with students and the purpose of each text feature. Read a text that is rich in text features and stop periodically to look at a text feature and discuss how the inclusion of that text feature aided you as a reader. As you are reading keep a running list of text features and the purposes of each text feature.

3 Guided Practice

Free, Paid

Have students work in partners or small groups to read an informational text. As students are reading, they are searching for text features that help them better understand the text. When they find a text feature that they both agree on, they  will take a picture using the Skitch app. Once they have taken the picture, students will identify the text feature and explain how this feature helped them while they were reading the text.

4 Independent Practice

Free, Paid

Give students a text about something that they would be familiar with. The text should be of print only with no text features present. Students can take a picture of the text to upload to Thinglink. Have students add a text features to the text and then justify why they chose to add that text feature to the text and why it will help future readers to better understand the text.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Conversing

Discuss text features that the students have found in their own reading and how they have helped them to better understand a text.