Text Features Anchor Chart
Text features play an important role in being able to understand informational text. Maps can show location about important places in the text. Pictures bring the text to life by showing an image that relates to the piece. A timeline is a great visual to use when showing periods of time. Charts, diagrams, and tables can show numbers or other categories in an easy to read format for the student. The table of contents is useful for students to be able to see what the text will be about. The index helps students locate key topics quickly in the text. The glossary provides students with definitions of difficult words as well.
There are many types of print that can be considered text features. Those would include: bold, italic, highlighted, underlined, colored, and both big and small font size. Each of these types of print is easily found when reading informational text.
A great resource to use when teaching text features is a magazine such as Scholastic News or Time for Kids. Both magazines contain most, if not all, of these text features. They are also loaded with great informational text as well.
Please feel free to use the image from this blog post in your classroom if you teach text features to your students!
If you would like to see an interactive PowerPoint about Text Features that will get your students excited about learning in your classroom you can click here too.