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New Classroom Resource Helps Students Navigate Text Features for Deeper Comprehension

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 27, 2015 – Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, announces the publication of Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension, a new resource for grades K-5 teachers and literacy coaches. Seasoned educators Michelle Kelley and Nicki Clausen-Grace build on the success of their 2012 award-winning publication Reading the Whole Page: Teaching and Assessing Text Features to Meet K-5 Common Core Standards in this revised edition, which helps educators teach students how to read text features, such as diagrams, bullets, insets, and tables, for a deeper comprehension of informational text. This new edition includes a list of mentor texts for each text feature and offers teachers the option of using the reproducibles and assessment tools online. Many of these items can be filled out and saved on the computer.

“We all want children to read a wide variety of texts. Reading nonfiction enhances prior knowledge and expands students’ vocabulary. Students will not only enjoy these texts now, but are likely to read more of them in their lifetime than narrative fiction. What’s more, with the Internet and television, the world our children live in is increasingly graphically oriented. Teaching students to extract the full meaning from images and text is critical to their future success,” said the authors.

Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehensionfeatures mini-lessons, activities, and assessment tools used in real classrooms to help educators: teach relevant Common Core State Standards and grade-level expectations; diagnose, monitor, and meet student needs with one of two level-appropriate assessments; evaluate student knowledge; and monitor and guide differentiated instruction and a convenient class profile.

“In this revised edition, Michelle Kelley and Nicki Clausen-Grace provide teachers with the resources needed to help students comprehend the parts that make up informational text. The lessons and reproducibles included will support students in reading increasingly complex text,” said Karen Soll, Managing Editor of Acquisitions at Capstone Professional.

Previews of the book, including the introduction, table of contents, sample lesson plan, and student activity are available at:  

Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension

By Michelle Kelley and Nicki Clausen-Grace

ISBN: 978-1-4966-0298-5     e-Book ISBN: 978-1-4966-0299-2

$24.95 paperback                   $21.95 e-Book

240 pages

Pub Date: May 2015

About the Authors

Michelle Kelley is an associate professor in reading at the University of Central Florida, teaching pre-service educators and graduate students. She also provides professional development to teachers and administrators. Michelle previously taught in Maine and Florida and served as a professional developer for FLaRE (Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence Center). She is the co-author of Reading the Whole Page: Teaching and Assessing Text Features to Meet K-5 Common Core Standards.

Nicki Clausen-Grace is a fourth-grade teacher with more than 25 years of experience. She also serves as a consultant on a wide variety of reading topics. She is the co-author of Reading the Whole Page: Teaching and Assessing Text Features to Meet K-5 Common Core Standards.


About Capstone Professional

Capstone Professional publishes educational resources under the imprint of Maupin House. Their materials support K-12 educators as they create 21st century classrooms and respond to the demands of state and national standards, such as the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and the Next Generation Science Standards. Capstone Professional focuses on topics such as reading comprehension, close reading, writing in the content areas, teaching with graphics in the classroom, and creating safe school environments. Capstone Professional authors are educators and consultants, teachers and experts in their fields. A tenet for Capstone Professional is to support teachers, administrators, content-area specialists, students, and parents in becoming engaged in content and excited about learning. Professional development offerings by Capstone Professional range from webinars and workshops to conference speakers and author visits. Submissions for products that speak to the needs of educators today are always accepted. For more information, visit  or