The Currituck, North Carolina Department of Education has created a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation providing examples of the text features elementary students will encounter when reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. Although it includes fiction text features, I like this presentation because, unlike other similar resources, examples as well as definitions of each text feature are provided.
This lesson plan by CPalms is not only detailed (addressing formative and summative assessments, instructional delivery, etc.) but also includes links to the resources referenced. As an introduction to nonfiction text features, this lesson plan is easy to tailor to the specific characteristics of your classroom. I love it because it includes suggestions for modifying the lesson to accommodate all learners and for extending the lesson for further enrichment.
I love this comprehensive, yet student-friendly overview of non-fiction text features. In one page it provides concrete examples of various text features elementary students will encounter in their reading and can be used as a study guide, anchor chart, or lesson-planning tool.
Three elementary teachers demonstrate a lesson on identifying non-fiction text features in this brief video. I like this video because it explicitly shows the comprehension strategy in practice as well as how the strategy aligns with national standards. Additionally, this video presents a number of different activities that can be used to support students in understanding non-fiction text features and completing a text feature walk.
In this article by Kelley and Clausen-Grace, the background and theory behind using text feature walks as a pre-reading strategy is discussed. The authors explain what a non-fiction text feature walk is comprised of, as well as tips on implementing the walks in the classroom. This straightforward article provides an excellent, research-based overview to this reading comprehension strategy.
Another excellent lesson plan template by Cpalms, this lesson introduces students to text features in non-fiction text. My classes enjoyed creating the text feature booklets and used them later in the school year as reference resources for independent reading and research. I like that the plan can be used with any non-fiction text and includes a sample assessment.