Text Features & Comprehension

When K-5 students understand how to read text features like bullets, insets, and bold print, they are reading the whole page — essential for deep comprehension of nonfiction and fiction text. In the revised edition of Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension, seasoned educators Michelle Kelley and Nicki Clausen-Grace show teachers how to explicitly instruct K-5 students to read text features, use them to navigate text, and include them in their own writing.

Sixty mini-lessons for teaching print, graphic, and organizational features provide ample choices for meeting the standards while adapting to students’ needs. The lessons, which follow the gradual release of responsibility model and increase in difficulty, can be used within the typical 90-minute reading block, during content area instruction, in small groups, and as part of independent practice opportunities. Each lesson offers concept review, suggestions for differentiation, assessment options, and technology connections, requiring students to find, explore, manipulate, and create text features in their own writing.

The book features important resources and convenient lesson supports including:

  • Thinksheets
  • Visual examples of each text feature
  • Rubrics
  • Assessment picture book
  • Downloadable Readers’ Theatre scripts                                            

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