Text features are the elements of writing that help readers navigate a text and better understand its purpose. Text features include headings, charts, diagrams, captions, and tables. Using text features can help you better understand and remember the information you are reading!
Font: The style of text used to present a written message.
Bold: Text that is thicker and darker than the surrounding text.
Italic: Text that is slanted to the right or left.
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Text features can be used to make a text more appealing to readers: bolding, italicizing, and underlining words or phrases Text features can also be used to organize information and help readers locate specific information more easily: headings, subheadings, numbered lists, and bulleted lists Using different fonts, font sizes, and font colors in text can also be used to create text features and emphasize different ideas or sections of the text.
How can text features be used to help convey or share an author's message or information?
Brain break: Draw an example of a text feature and then personify the text feature.
What is the purpose of a title in a text?
- To provide additional information
- To indicate the author's name
- To give the reader an idea of what the text is about
What are captions used for in a text?
- To introduce new characters
- To provide descriptions or explanations for images
- To summarize the main points of the text
What does a table of contents help with?
- Understanding the main idea of a text
- Identifying key vocabulary words
- Finding specific sections or chapters within a book or document
What are bullet points used for?
- Highlighting important details within a paragraph
- Presenting information in a concise and organized manner
- Concluding a section or chapter
What is the purpose of using headings and subheadings in an article?
- Organizing information into different sections and making it easier to navigate
- Creating suspense and intrigue for readers
- Providing additional examples to support main ideas
Work together in pairs or small groups: What is the purpose of using text features in a non-fiction text?
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