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  1. Text Features

  2. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” - Frederick Douglass

  3. What are text features?

  4. Text features help the reader navigate and comprehend the text.Text features help authors organize the text to best convey information to their readers.

  5. Text features provide information that might not be written in the text.Text features can be found in all types of nonfiction text.

  6. There are two main types of text features…

  7. print features

  8. …and visual aids.

  9. Print features guide readers through patterns of organization and help readers find important information.

  10. Visual aids expand the meaning of the text through illustrations and graphic aids, and represent information in an organized, specific manner.

  11. First, let’s discover the print features.

  12. Table of Contents

  13. table of contentsa list of the parts of a book or document; placed at the front of the book, it's organized in the order in which the parts appear

  14. Find the Table of Contents in your book.

  15. Index

  16. indexalphabetical list of topics included in the book and their corresponding page numbers; found in the very back

  17. Find the index in your book.

  18. Glossary

  19. glossaryalphabetical list of key terms and their definitions

  20. Find the glossary in your book.

  21. Preface

  22. prefacea statement at the front of the book by the book's author or editor, explaining its purpose and expressing appreciation for help received from others

  23. Find the preface of your book.

  24. Pronunciation Guide

  25. Pronunciation guideusing the pronunciation symbols found in a dictionary, this guide helps students say the words in the text

  26. Find a pronunciation guide in your book.

  27. Appendix

  28. appendixsupplementary material at the end of a book, article, document, or other text, usually of an explanatory, statistical, or bibliographic nature.

  29. Find the appendix in your book.

  30. Boldface Print

  31. boldface typedark letters indicating important information; reader must slow down and pay attention to these

  32. Find boldface print in your book.

  33. Colored print

  34. Colored printwords printed in a different color highlight new or important words

  35. Find colored print in your book.

  36. Italicized type

  37. italicized typeslanted letters indicating important information; reader must slow down and pay attention to these

  38. Find italicized words in your book.

  39. Bullets

  40. bulletssymbols used to introduce and emphasize key points or important concepts

  41. Find bullet points in your book.

  42. Titles

  43. titlesshow the main idea of the text and help the readers by letting them know what they are about to read

  44. Find titles in your book.

  45. Heading

  46. headingannounces the topics that will be covered, helping students identify topics throughout the book as they skim and scan

  47. Find a heading in your book.

  48. Subheading

  49. subheadinga heading given to a smaller subsection within a larger piece of writing

  50. Find a subheading in your book.