Writing Composition: Text Features for Non-Fiction

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This chart provides the purpose with visual examples of 18 different text features. Students can use this as a hang-on-the-wall handout for reference.
1. About This Resource
This chart provides the purpose and a visual example of 18
different text features. Use this as a student handout/
student notes, for interactive journals, or hang it on the wall
as a student reference
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resource here.
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The following text features are included
title labels
title page graph
table of contents table
index map
glossary diagram
heading bold print
photograph italics
illustration bullet points
caption fact box/side bar

2. Nonfiction Text Features Chart

Text Feature

Identifies the topic
of the text/tells what
the text will be about
Bones and More Bones
The Ketel System WR
The skeletal system is made up of all
the bones in your body. It is also made of
the things that connect your bones
together: tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
The skeletal system also includes one set
of hard objects that aren't bones: your

Title Page
Tells a book’s title,
author, illustrator,
and publisher

‘The Amazing
Human Body

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T bl f Tells the names of Muscles ne
able o chapters and what sen as
age the chapters ronan tt
Contents | Pee Lea 1
can © oun Veins and Arteries. Page 11
audodey 24 Boo, 77-80
Tells what pages the Ankles, f Body Parts, 87-65
Ind reader can find Ae te Bran 43-80
nqex i i ‘arteries, 75-76 Brain Stem, 43
certain topics B ro
Back, 6 Byproduct, 87,

Tells the definitions
of some of the words
found in a text
Shin - the front of the leg bone thet. runs
rom the knee to the ankle
‘Skin —the outer layer of tissve that,
covers the entire body
‘Skul -the large structure of bones in the
‘Thigh — the pert of the leg that runs from
the knee to the hip.
Tooth ~ a hard bony oh}ect in the Jaw;
Used for chewing

Divides the text into
sections and explains
what the sections will
be about

Central Nervous System

3. Nonfiction Text Features Chart

something looks like
(taken with a
Text Feature Purpose Example
Shows what

Shows what

iustration | something looks like
(drawn by an artist)
Explains what a
Caption photograph or
illustration is about J
This is a side view of a human brain.
Tells the names of ase =
certain parts of a re
Labels photograph or eu
™is'made of:

Organizes and helps
compare information
in a visual way

Organizes facts and
numbers in a visual
way so it is easier
to read

How much does
your heart beat?
129,000 DAY
3.8 million MONTH
473 million YEAR

4. Nonfiction Text Features Chart

Text Feature Purpose
Shows where places/
Map events are located “ae

Explains information
or how something
works in 4 visual way
E YE 4

Bold Print
Shows what words
are important or
what words can be
found in the glossary
The digestive system
iS made up of organs
and glands that/nelp
your body ESS

Shows that a word is
The average adult
breathes more than 600

1 ° times each hour. Adults
Italics important take more than 2a
breaths each day.
Types of blood vessels:
Bullet Makes lists easier to * Arteries
Points read and understand + Veins
* Capillaries
Gives interesting
Fact Box/ facts or extra
Side Bar information about a

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