Text Features Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson to teach your students about features found in text. Then send them on a scavenger hunt to find evidence of text features used in classroom books.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define text features
  • identify the purpose of text features
  • demonstrate understanding of text features


  • 1 hour


  • Scavenger hunt form, one for each student
  • Basket of books with differing text features

Key Vocabulary

  • feature
  • visual aid
  • directional
  • supplementary
  • index
  • glossary
  • appendix

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.5

Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Begin by asking students to complete a flash writing attempting to define the term 'text feature'. Share answers and prior knowledge; define term.
  • Next, ask each student choose a book from the basket. Ask them to briefly page through and share what they notice about the features. Record answers on chart paper or the board.
  • Tell students they will be learning about text features through our video lesson.
  • Show our video What Is a Text Feature -Definition & Examples. Consider asking students to record definitions as they listen.
  • Pause the video at 1:49 and discuss the history of text features. Ask students:
    • Why did we begin using text features?
    • What would books be like without features?
  • Show remainder of the video and have students take notes if necessary. Discuss remaining information and terms.
  • Define terms on the board or chart paper. Discuss the three types of text features and examples of each. Record on board or chart paper. Show examples from text if necessary for understanding.


  • Text features scavenger hunt will be played by creating a list of text features and asking students to find examples of the text feature in a book/text in your room. For example, the list may include the terms glossary, photographs, citations, etc.
  • Divide students into partners or small groups. Give each student a copy of the text features scavenger hunt.
  • Direct students to use any text in the classroom to find evidence of the text feature listed on the scavenger hunt. Under the text feature, they should list the source, including title, author, and page number.
  • Time students to make a friendly competition.
  • After the hunt, ask students to share their work and examples. Encourage students to interact during share time with questions and comments.
  • As an exit slip, ask students to write a definition of text features and a sample of one they learned about during class.


  • Have students choose one text feature. Write a report, giving examples of the text feature and its use.
  • Assign groups of students a project creating a poster for each text feature to hang in the classroom.

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