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Which text feature would you use to find the names of all chapters in a book and the pages where they started?
the table of contents
Which text feature would tell you the major topic or main idea in one chapter of a text?
the table of contents
Juan is writing a report on Italian food. He finds a book titled “Foods of the World.” He opens to Chapter 2 on page 12 and reads the word “Spain” in large letters. Further down on the page, he reads the word “Northern Spain ” in smaller letters. Page 12 of Juan’s book ________.
had no text features
had a diagram but no other text features
had the table of contents only
had a heading and a subheading
Juan decides to skip the chapter about Spain. He turns to Chapter 3 on Italian food. He begins reading. Which of the following is most likely true?
Juan will have to read Chapter 2 later in order to write his report.
Juan is using the text features correctly to skim the text and find the information he needs.
Juan is reading the book from cover to cover.
Juan is not using text features correctly to help him find the information he needs.
Juan knows that “Italy” will be described on pages 22-30. To figure this out, he probably ________.
looked for “Italy” in the glossary
looked for “Italy” in the index
looked for “Italy” on a diagram
saw this information on the cover
If a word is in bold, italics or underlined, it might be ________.
a less important detail
information you should skip
a new term to learn
Cynthia doesn’t understand what’s going on in a picture in her book. What can she do?
look in the table of contents
look for a graph
read the caption
stare at it for three minutes
In the book she's reading, Jenny sees a picture of a plant with different parts labeled. This is a ________.
True or False: Nonfiction books never contain text features.
A graph or chart ________.
explains a photograph
provides additional description in words
displays and organizes facts and numbers
shows you all the photographs a book contains
Texts that give us true information about a topic are called nonfiction texts. They are different from fiction texts. An example of a fiction text is a novel, which is about imagined people, places and events. Poems and plays are also fiction text. Examples of nonfiction include encyclopedias, textbooks, biographies and newspaper articles.
Which of the following is most likely a nonfiction text?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A novel by Neil Gaiman
The Life of Pi: A novel by Yann Martel
Near the Ocean (poems) by Robert Lowell
Makers and Takers: Studying Food Webs in the Ocean by Gwendolyn Hooks
You might want to use a nonfiction book to answer a specific question. That’s one reason why nonfiction books have text features. A text feature is a special part of the page that gets your attention. Some text features will help you locate information and some will help you understand information. And some text features make reading more fun and interesting!
According to this passage, some books have text features to
help a reader locate information.
help a reader prove information.
help a reader rewrite information.
help a reader ignore information.
Tables of contents can be found in both fiction and nonfiction, usually at the start of the book. The table of contents lists all the big topics or chapters that are in the book in the order that they appear. It also lists the page numbers they start on. You can use the table of contents to find information.
According to the passage, a reader can use the table of contents to
learn more about the author’s point of view.
see how the book is organized and the topics it contains.
find out more about the author’s life and goals.
identify the book’s main character and setting.
Headings are like titles. They are big, bold words that appear at the top of a page, and they tell you what that section of text will be about. A heading might be a few words but will usually not be a complete sentence. Subheadings are used to tell you what smaller sections of text within the main section will include.
Imagine that you are reading a text with the heading “Languages.” Which of the following would most likely be a subheading?
A caption is the writing near photographs, illustrations or drawings. It explains what is happening in the image or gives more information about it. Captions help you understand how the image is connected to the text.
Which of the following would most likely be the caption near a photograph of a sleeping sloth?
The Queen of England arrives in Fiji.
Some sloths sleep for 15-18 hours per day.
Gorillas can catch colds from humans.
5.5 million people live in Singapore.
The index is an alphabetical list of key ideas, terms, events and names that come up in the text. It tells you all the page numbers where these items can be found in the book. The index usually appears near the back of the book.
According to this passage, a reader might check the index of a book when
she wants to know if a book has the information she needs.
she wants to understand the meaning of an unknown word in the book.
she wants to learn more about the book’s author.
she wants to learn when the book was published.
Because nonfiction books contain information about a specific topic, they often use vocabulary words that you might not know. That’s where the glossary comes in. The glossary is like a dictionary. It lists and defines important words related to the topic that are used in the book in alphabetical order. But don’t confuse the glossary and the index. The index tells you which pages the keywords appear on while the glossary provides definitions of words you might not know.
According to this passage, which of the following would you find in the glossary of a biology textbook?
a definition of the word “enzyme”
a list of pages the term "chemical reactions" appears on
a history of the discovery of cells
a biography of the biologist Rachel Carson
A diagram is a special picture with lots of labels. It shows the different parts of something or explains how it works. A diagram can give you a clearer, detailed view of a complicated thing or idea. A diagram that shows the steps of a process is called a flowchart. Some nonfiction texts contain a lot of facts and numbers. That’s a lot of information to keep in your head. Thankfully, you won’t have to if the text has a chart, table or graph. These features organize information visually so that it’s easier to understand and compare numbers.
Which of the following would most likely be shown in a diagram in a nonfiction text?
the hero of a fairy tale
a definition of the word “debris”
the location of the planets in the solar system
a painting of a famous physicist