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Text features

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This is a simple Powerpoint to use to introduce text features. Students will need access to a variety of books or articles as they view the presentation.

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Text features

  1. 1. Understanding Text Features Headings Titles Photographs Illustrations Captions
  2. 2. What is a feature? <ul><li>The word feature is used in many different contexts, or situations </li></ul><ul><li>A feature is an important part of something </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a feature? <ul><li>What are some features of this coral reef? </li></ul>Anemone Rocks Coral Water Sand … and so on
  4. 4. What is a feature? <ul><li>What are your facial features ? </li></ul>eyes, nose, mouth, chin, cheeks…
  5. 5. What is a feature? <ul><li>What are the features of your playground? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Text Features <ul><li>Text features are parts of text that draw your attention to important information </li></ul>
  7. 7. Looking at text features <ul><li>You will need an assortment of nonfiction books or magazines for the rest of this presentation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Titles The title of a piece of writing tells what it is mostly about
  9. 9. Titles Look at the books you have. Notice: -How are the titles written? What kind of font do they use? -Are the titles long or short? -Are there subtitles?
  10. 10. Can you find the title of this article?
  11. 11. Can you find the title of this article? Title
  12. 12. Headings Headings introduce topics in text. They are often written in bold print, large print, or colorful text.
  13. 13. Headings Can you find the headings?
  14. 14. Headings Heading Heading Heading
  15. 15. Headings Look through the books that you have. Can you find headings that are: - In bold print? -Only one word? -Questions? -Phrases?
  16. 16. Bold and Italic print Bold print is print that is darker or brighter than the rest of the sentence. Authors use bold print to signal important information or new words. Italic print looks like this . Authors use italics to signal important words, new ideas, or foreign words.
  17. 17. Can you find the italicized words?
  18. 18. Can you find the italicized words? Italicized word
  19. 19. Can you find the italicized words? Italicized word Italicized word
  20. 20. Can you find the bold print words?
  21. 21. Can you find the bold print words? Bold print
  22. 22. Can you find the bold print words? Bold print Bold print
  23. 23. Bold and italic print <ul><li>Look for bold and italicized print in your books. </li></ul><ul><li>-How often are words marked with this kind of print? </li></ul><ul><li>-Is there a glossary that defines these words? </li></ul><ul><li>-Why would it be important to pay attention to these words? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Illustrations and Photographs Illustrations are drawings. They are created by an artist. Illustrations can be very basic, or they can be very detailed. Photographs are taken by a photographer. They show real objects in real settings.
  25. 25. Photographs <ul><li>How does the photograph help the reader understand this text? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Photographs <ul><li>Look for photographs in your books. Think about: </li></ul><ul><li>- Why did the writer include this photo? </li></ul><ul><li>-How does this help the reader to understand key ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>-What can you learn from looking at the photo? </li></ul><ul><li>-Does the text make sense without the picture? </li></ul>
  27. 27. Illustrations <ul><li>Pictures help readers to understand ideas. Why do you think the author chose to illustrate this text instead of using a photograph? </li></ul>
  28. 28. Illustrations <ul><li>Illustrations can do what photographs cannot. Often, artists will use illustrations to show things from the past or simplify ideas. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Illustrations <ul><li>How does the illustration help a reader to understand this text? </li></ul>
  30. 30. Illustrations <ul><li>Look for illustrations in your books. Think about: </li></ul><ul><li>-Why did the author use an illustration instead of a photograph? </li></ul><ul><li>-Is the style of the illustration appealing? </li></ul><ul><li>-What can you learn from the illustration? </li></ul>
  31. 31. Captions <ul><li>Captions are found underneath illustrations or photographs. They explain what’s in the picture. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Captions Can you find the caption?
  33. 33. Captions Can you find the caption? Caption
  34. 34. Captions <ul><li>Look over the books that you have. </li></ul><ul><li>-What captions can you find? </li></ul><ul><li>-How do the captions help you to understand the pictures? </li></ul><ul><li>-How are the captions written in different ways? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Other text features <ul><li>What other text features can you think of? </li></ul>
  36. 36. Text Features <ul><li>Graphic aids </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Bulleted lists </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Index </li></ul><ul><li>Sidebars </li></ul><ul><li>Captions </li></ul>Can you find these other text features in the books?
  37. 37. Text Features <ul><li>What have you learned about text features? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you still wonder about text features? </li></ul>

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