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Informational Text Features
The basic text features of informational text; tools that help readers best-use the text for learning
Table of Contents
Lists the main sections of the text and the page number on which each section starts; found at the front of the book
Alphabetical list of key names, terms, events, and topics covered in the text, plus the page number(s) where you can find them; usually in the back of the book
Alphabetical list of key vocabulary words in the text and their definitions; usually in the back of the book
Text box containing text that provides more information than is in the main text; can include interesting facts or important information the author wants to call attention to
Visuals such as photos, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, etc. that help readers understand the text
Dark letters indicating that a word or idea in the text is especially important; often highlights key vocabulary words
What you already know about a topic through other reading and/or your own personal experience; influences how well you will be able to comprehend the text
Slanted letters that draw attention to an extra-important idea
Tells the topic that will be covered in a particular section of the text; often larger in font-size than the regular text
Explains what is shown in a particular graphic