Non-Fiction Text Features

Title
Tells the Topic of the Text
Table of Contents
Tells us what the major chapters of the book will be about and where they are
Headings and Subheadings
Tells us what the major sections of a chapter will be about
Captions and Labels
Tells us what pictures, diagrams, and graphs are showing us
Bold Key Words
Tells us important vocabulary words
Index
Tells us where we can find specific information on topics in the book
Glossary
Gives definitions for important vocabulary words in the text
Graph
Organizes and gives a visual representation of information containing numbers.
Diagram
Shows the parts of something. May include labels, arrows pointing to parts, etc.
Chart
Organizes information for comparison
Map
Shows locations, routes, events
Time Line
Shows when things happen in a chronological order
Map Legend
Explains the meanings of the colors and symbols on a map

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