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Nonfiction Terms

Features of Informational Texts

sidebars Boxes containing information on a page of a book or magazine article that didn't fit into the text but that the author wanted to include.
boldface type This is the darker type used for titles and headings. This feature calls the reader's attention to words or phrases and indicates they are important.
photographs and captions These supply an image of an object or person and can give extra information about the topic. One or two sentences under or next to the image explain the image.
maps These help you visualize a place the author discusses. They can be a place on the earth's surface. They can allow you to follow the path of an explorer or pilot.
introduction This is the beginning part of a text that explains how the author thought of the idea for the information.
graphs Diagrams indication any sort of relationship between two or more things by means of a system of dots,curves,bars, or lines.
quotes Show the exact words that a person says.
table of contents This provides chapter titles and page numbers. It's also a quick overview of what you'll find in the text.
time line This feature shows key dates and events in a person's life. It can also cover the dates of key events in a historical period.


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