How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text?
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How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text?. In this lesson you will learn how to support readers’ understanding by adding textual features. An informational text gives facts about a non-fiction topic. Chart. Map. Favorite Colors Blue Red Green.

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How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text?


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

In this lesson you will learn how to support readers’ understanding by adding textual features.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

An informational text gives facts about a non-fiction topic.

Chart

Map

Favorite Colors

Blue Red Green

Australia

Waning Crescent

Caption


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

Writing Process

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Generate Ideas

Write Drafts

Revise and Edit


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

Forgetting important features.

Where? I need a map.

They lived in this area.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Read over your text to find areas of unclear information.

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  • Ask, “What textual features would help my reader better understand my topic?”

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Insert the appropriate textual features when needed.

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How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

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  • Read over your text to find areas of unclear information.

Trouble with the Land

English settlers claimed the Virginian peninsula for their own. Unfortunately, the town they formed, called Jamestown, did not have traditional farmland.

Land Disputes

As they attempted to grow crops, the Powhatans watched angrily as their land was being taken.

Unclear information


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

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  • Read over your text to find areas of unclear information.

A Peace Offering

The Powhatan tribes saw the settlers suffering through the fall and winter. They sent food as a peace offering. It helped them survive.

Working Together

During the Cold Months

After, settlers traded English goods for knowledge about the land. In time, they were skilled at farming, hunting and fishing.

Unclear information


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Ask, “What textual features would help my reader better understand my topic?”

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  • Common Textual Features

  • Charts

  • Glossary

  • Maps

  • Timelines

  • Headings and Titles

  • Index

  • Pictures/photos


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Ask, “What textual features would help my reader better understand my topic?”

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Trouble with the Land

English settlers claimed the Virginian peninsula for their own. Unfortunately, the town they formed, called Jamestown, did not have traditional farmland.

Land Disputes

As they attempted to grow crops, the Powhatans watched angrily as their land was being taken.

A map could show readers where Jamestown is.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Ask, “What textual features would help my reader better understand my topic?”

2

A Peace Offering

The Powhatan tribes saw the settlers suffering through the fall and winter. They sent food as a peace offering. It helped them survive.

Working Together

During the Cold Months

After, settlers traded English goods for knowledge about the land. In time, they were skilled at farming, hunting and fishing.

A timeline could show the dates of these events.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

Insert the appropriate textual features when needed.

3

Trouble with the Land

English settlers claimed the Virginian peninsula for their own. Unfortunately, the town they formed, called Jamestown, did not have traditional farmland.

Land Disputes

As they attempted to grow crops, the Powhatans watched angrily as their land was being taken.

Virginia Peninsula

Jamestown

Powhatan

Tribes


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

Insert the appropriate textual features when needed.

3

A Peace Offering

The Powhatan tribes saw the settlers suffering through the fall and winter. They sent food as a peace offering. It helped them survive.

Working Together

During the Cold Months

After, settlers traded English goods for knowledge about the land. In time, they were skilled at farming, hunting and fishing.

Timeline of Events

Powhatans Smith

Arrived Helped Saved

Summer Fall Winter

1607


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Read over your text to find areas of unclear information.

1

  • Ask, “What textual features would help my reader better understand my topic?”

2

Insert the appropriate textual features when needed.

3


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

In this lesson you have learned how to support readers’ understanding by adding textual features.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

In your own informational text, find places where textual features are missing and add it into your draft.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Find a partner and together choose 10 sentence cards. Read the sentence on each card and takes turns adding a textual feature of your choosing.


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

  • Read through a photocopy of a text. Highlight the places where you see the need for textual features and then add one that fits. Here are some choices:

  • Map

  • Picture

  • Timeline

  • Chart

  • Caption

  • Heading

  • Title


How do you teach readers more about your topic in an informational text

Look at the sentence below and choose which textual feature would best fit:

The Great Wall of China is a long fort that stretches from East to West on the Northern border of the country.

PictureIndexChart


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