Slide 1: Students begin to share their secret to success
By SHANNON SCHOELZEL The College Gazette firstname.lastname@example.org
Local university professors say they are pleased with increased student achievement.
When asked what they are doing differently in the classroom, most professors stated they had not done anything special. However, they did mention that several students had begun attending College Reading Success sessions. Upon interviewing students that attend these classes, a common reading strategy has been brought up time after time: using informational text features.
Students explained that after learning what text features are and how to use them, they are now able to easily navigate through textbooks and understand the concepts presented. This in return, results in improved test scores. THE COLLEGE GAZETTE STUDENTS DISCOVER NEW STRATEGY TO INCREASE COMPREHENSION A Western Kentucky University freshman reacts to the midterm she aced. She used the text features in her textbook to study. Slide 2: Text features are an important feature to any reading. While you are reading, do you see titles, charts, photos, captions, headlines, bold or italicized print? THOSE ARE TEXT FEATURES!
If you learn how to identify text features and use them prior to reading a text, you will improve your comprehension. During the reading process, you will use the text features to locate essential information from the text. The more times you process the information given, the more likely you are going to retain the information. TYPES OF INFORMATIONAL TEXT FEATURES
Illustrations WHAT ARE TEXT FEATURES? This science textbook contains of variety of text features to help the reader understand the content. Slide 3: PRINT FEATURES
Guide readers through the patterns of organization Feature Helps the Reader… Table of Contents identify key topics in the book and the order they are presented in Index see everything in the text listed alphabetically with page numbers Glossary define words contained in the text Preface set a purpose for reading, get an overview of the content Pronunciation Guide say the words Appendix by offering additional information Slide 4: ORGANIZATIONAL AIDS
Help readers find important information Feature Helps the Reader… Bold Print by signaling the word is important and/or found in the glossary Italics understand the word is important Bullets emphasize key points/ concepts Titles locate different categories in the text Headings identify topics throughout the book as they skim and scan Subheadings navigate through sections of text Labels identify a picture and/or its parts Captions understand pictures and photographs PRACTICE!
Click on the link below to practice using headings to locate specific information. Make sure you complete the additional practice by selecting the flower icon at the bottom of the page.
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/o/headingsl.cfm Slide 5: GRAPHIC AIDS
Represent information in some specific way Feature Helps the Reader… Bold Print by signaling the word is important and/or found in the glossary Italics understand the word is important Bullets emphasize key points/ concepts Titles locate different categories in the text Headings identify topics throughout the book as they skim and scan Subheadings navigate through sections of text Labels identify a picture and/or its parts Captions understand pictures and photographs ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE!
Charts and graphs are extremely useful text features. Practice how to:
read bar graphs, pie charts, and grid charts
review percentages in pie charts.
compare types of information shown in different kinds of charts
at the website http://www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/reading.cfm?str=reading&num=10&act=1. Slide 6: ILLUSTRATIONS
Expand the meaning of the text Feature Helps the Reader… Photographs understand exactly what something looks like Drawings understand what something could or might have looked like Magnification see details in something A magnified ant head. Drawings of different types of ants Slide 7: NOW THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT TEXT FEATURES I CHALLENGE YOU TO USE THEM TO COMPLETE A SCAVENGER HUNT
Read the article, Flying High. Your goal is to identify as many informational text features as possible. Write the types you find on a separate sheet of paper and then check your work by viewing the next slide. Slide 8: SCAVENGER HUNT ANSWERS THE TEXT FEATURES YOU SHOULD HAVE FOUND:
Title (Flying High)
Italics NEXT TIME YOU READ
Pay attention to the text features as you read. See if you can put them to use to increase your comprehension and maybe you will even finish your assignment in less time! Bibliography : Bibliography Blair, J. (n.d.). Text features: An aid to reading comprehension. Retrieved October 28, 2008 from http://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 from http://t4.jordan.k12.ut.us/cbl/images/litfac/binfo.pdf.