Text features are the elements of a book like the title, headings, bold words, and diagrams. Text features help readers understand and remember the information in the book. For 3rd graders, text features are a great way to learn more about a book!
What are Book Text Features?
Font: a typeface that is used to display text, such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. Point Size: the size of each character, measured in points. Leading: the space between lines of text, measured in points.
Which text feature do you think is the most important?
- Bold typeface
- Italic typeface
Question: What are some text features you can find in a book? Clues: • Text features are words, phrases, and illustrations that draw attention to important information. • Text features can help you locate key points and understand the text. • Text features can include titles, headings, bold words, captions, italics, and more. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Work with a partner to create a picture that shows the different text features in a book. B. Write a description of the text features in your picture.
What are some examples of text features you have seen in books or magazines?
What do you think would be the most important text feature to consider when writing something?
How can text features help you better understand a topic?
Name one feature of a book that helps you understand the text?
What are some of the features of a book text that make it unique?
What did you learn about book text features?
How can you apply what you learned about book text features to your own writing?
Brain break: Draw a dinosaur holding a bunch of balloons.
What is the title of a book usually written in?
- Larger font
- Smaller font
- Italicized font
- Bold font
What is the purpose of a table of contents in a book?
- To show readers what topics are covered and on which page numbers they can be found
- To provide information about the author and illustrator of the book
What do photographs or illustrations in a book help readers do?
- Better understand what they are reading about
- Add pages to their collection
- Learn how to write better stories
- None of these
What does an index at the end of a non-fiction book do?
- Helps readers easily find specific information within the text using alphabetical order.
- Provides additional stories that relate to topics within the text.
Work together in pairs: What is one example of a book text feature that can help you find information quickly?