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


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

Chart

Map

Favorite Colors

Blue Red Green

Australia

Waning Crescent

Caption


Writing Process informational text?

1

2

3

Generate Ideas

Write Drafts

Revise and Edit


Forgetting important features. informational text?

Where? I need a map.

They lived in this area.


1

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

2

Insert the appropriate textual features when needed.

3


1 informational text?

  • 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


1 informational text?

  • 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


2

  • Common Textual Features

  • Charts

  • Glossary

  • Maps

  • Timelines

  • Headings and Titles

  • Index

  • Pictures/photos


2

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.


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.


Insert the appropriate textual features when needed. understand my topic?”

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


Insert the appropriate textual features when needed. understand my topic?”

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


1

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

2

Insert the appropriate textual features when needed.

3


In this lesson you understand my topic?”have learned how to support readers’ understanding by adding textual features.


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




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.

Picture Index Chart


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