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Standard 6: Informational Text > Features Thread | Grade 6

Associated Tennessee Learning Expectations
Read, interpret, and analyze text features that support informational texts.

Developing a Clear Learning Target

About This Topic Thread
Informational texts contain several key features students need to know in order to be able to access this type of text effectively. Teaching students these key features should be intentional and meaningful to improve their abilities in this area. To become effective readers of informational texts, students need to understand:
  • the features that identify nonfiction writing;
  • the selective way nonfiction is read according to the reader’s purpose;
  • the ways organizational features such as indexes, content pages, glossaries, and headings help the reader access the text;
  • the specialized language and language structures used to convey information;
  • how visual literacy such as photographs, diagrams, maps, and charts combine with written text to convey information;
  • how information in captions and labels combines with running text to convey information; and
  • strategies for using prior knowledge and experience to engage in inquiry.

(from “Informational Texts” by Dr. Brenda Parkes)
Preceding Grade Level
Recognize the different text features of informational texts (e.g., separate text boxes, diagrams, captions, charts, graphs).
Explore the organizational structures of informational texts.
This Grade Level
Read, interpret, and analyze text features that support informational texts.
Next Grade Level
Read, interpret, and analyze text features that support informational texts.
Scaffolded (Unpacked) Ideas
  1. Utilize text features to locate information and make meaning from text (e.g., headings, key words, captions, tables of contents, footnotes, illustrations).
  2. Utilize factual, quantitative, technical, or mathematical information in text (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, time lines, tables, diagrams).
Academic Vocabulary

Tennessee Academic Vocabulary for Features | Grade 6

* Terms not included on the TDOE Academic Vocabulary list
Questions to Focus Instruction
  1. How does purpose shape the content and style of a text?