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Text Feature Vocabulary

text features help the reader better understand what they read; provide information that may or may not be in the text; can be found in non-fiction text
table of contents lists the major parts of a book with page numbers; outlines main topic/points; helps the reader locate information and see how the book is organized
index alphabetical listing of key terms/names with page numbers; helps the reader locate specific information they are looking for
glossary list of key terms in alphabetical order; key words are defined; helps the reader better learn and understand the subject
titles tell the reader the topic or main idea of the text; help the reader to focus on a topic so they can make connections to what they already know and the text
subheadings divide the text into sections; tell the main idea of each section; printed in bold/large type to help the reader locate information
text (bold, color, italics) sends the reader signals about how to read the content; shows key words to notice; draws the reader's attention to important information
photographs, illustrations give information in a visual way; help tell the story; help the reader understand information that may have been unclear
captions explain what is shown in a picture or illustration; help readers understand information that may not have been in the text
textbox, sidebar provides more information than is in the text; can include interesting facts or important information; creates interest or emphasizes important information
maps draw the basic shape of land, geographical, or political features; present information in a visual form; shows where an event happens or how far away it took place
diagrams drawings that show or explain something; reader must read titles, labels, captions, and numbered parts; help readers understand steps, how objects are made, or information in text
tables organize large amounts of information in a small space; present all kinds of data; help reader compare information from the text
timelines show important events in chronological order; help readers understand how one event may have led to another
Created by: pamfisher



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