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  • 1. Students begin toshare their secret tosuccessBy SHANNON SCHOELZELThe College Gazetteschoelzel@thecollegegazette.comLocal university professors saythey are pleased with increasedstudent achievement.When asked what they aredoing differently in the classroom,most professors stated they hadnot done anything special.However, they did mention thatseveral students had begunattending College ReadingSuccess sessions.Upon interviewing studentsthat attend these classes, acommon reading strategy hasbeen brought up time after time:using informational textfeatures.Students explained that afterlearning what text features areand how to use them, they arenow able to easily navigatethrough textbooks andunderstand the conceptspresented. This in return, resultsin improved test scores.THE COLLEGE GAZETTESTUDENTS DISCOVER NEW STRATEGY TO INCREASE COMPREHENSIONA Western Kentucky University freshman reacts to the midtermshe aced. She used the text features in her textbook to study.
  • 2. Text features are animportant feature to anyreading. While you arereading, do you see titles,charts, photos, captions,headlines, bold or italicizedprint? THOSE ARE TEXTFEATURES!If you learn how toidentify text features and usethem prior to reading a text,you will improve yourcomprehension.During the reading process,you will use the text featuresto locate essential informationfrom the text. The more timesyou process the informationgiven, the more likely you aregoing to retain theinformation.TYPES OF INFORMATIONAL TEXTFEATURES Print Features Organizational Aids Graphic Aids IllustrationsWHAT ARE TEXT FEATURES?This science textbook contains of variety of text features to help the readerunderstand the content.
  • 3. PRINT FEATURESGuide readers through the patterns oforganizationFeature Helps the Reader…Table of Contents identify key topics in the book and theorder they are presented inIndex see everything in the text listedalphabetically with page numbersGlossary define words contained in the textPreface set a purpose for reading, get an overviewof the contentPronunciation Guide say the wordsAppendix by offering additional information
  • 4. ORGANIZATIONAL AIDSHelp readers find important informationFeature Helps the Reader…Bold Print by signaling the word is important and/orfound in the glossaryItalics understand the word is importantBullets emphasize key points/ conceptsTitles locate different categories in the textHeadings identify topics throughout the book asthey skim and scanSubheadings navigate through sections oftextLabels identify a picture and/or its partsCaptions understand pictures and photographsPRACTICE!Click on the link below to practiceusing headings to locate specificinformation. Make sure you completethe additional practice by selecting theflower icon at the bottom of the page.http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/o/headingsl.cfm
  • 5. GRAPHIC AIDSRepresent information in some specific wayFeature Helps the Reader…Bold Print by signaling the word is important and/orfound in the glossaryItalics understand the word is importantBullets emphasize key points/ conceptsTitles locate different categories in the textHeadings identify topics throughout the book asthey skim and scanSubheadings navigate through sections oftextLabels identify a picture and/or its partsCaptions understand pictures and photographsANOTHEROPPORTUNITYTO PRACTICE!Charts and graphs are extremely usefultext features. Practice how to:• read bar graphs, pie charts, and gridcharts• review percentages in pie charts.• compare types of information shownin different kinds of chartsat the websitehttp://www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/reading.cfm?str=reading&num=10&act=1.
  • 6. ILLUSTRATIONSExpand the meaning of the textFeature Helps the Reader…Photographs understand exactly what something looks likeDrawings understand what something could or might havelooked likeMagnification see details in somethingA magnified ant head.Drawings of different types of ants
  • 7. NOW THAT YOU KNOWABOUT TEXT FEATURESI CHALLENGE YOU TOUSE THEM TO COMPLETEA SCAVENGER HUNTRead the article, Flying High. Your goal is to identify as manyinformational text features as possible. Write the types you findon a separate sheet of paper and then check your work byviewing the next slide.
  • 8. SCAVENGER HUNTANSWERSTHE TEXTFEATURES YOUSHOULD HAVEFOUND: Title (Flying High) Subheading (Hand-wing) Labels A Caption A Photograph A Diagram Bold Print ItalicsNEXT TIME YOU READPay attention to the text features as you read. See if you can put them to use toincrease your comprehension and maybe you will even finish your assignment inless time!
  • 9. BibliographyBlair, J. (n.d.). Text features: An aid to reading comprehension. Retrieved October 28, 2008 fromhttp://www.helium.com/items/152030-text-features-an-aid-to-reading-comprehension.Larsen, L. (n.d.). Informational text features (PDF document). Retrieved October 28, 2008 fromhttp://t4.jordan.k12.ut.us/cbl/images/litfac/binfo.pdf.
  • 10. BibliographyBlair, J. (n.d.). Text features: An aid to reading comprehension. Retrieved October 28, 2008 fromhttp://www.helium.com/items/152030-text-features-an-aid-to-reading-comprehension.Larsen, L. (n.d.). Informational text features (PDF document). Retrieved October 28, 2008 fromhttp://t4.jordan.k12.ut.us/cbl/images/litfac/binfo.pdf.

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