comprehending :: making & repairing meaning :: passage-level :: [genre grammar] ::

text features

"At a minimum, students need to know when to attend to the text features. For example, when should they read the graph? Before reading the text, while reading the text, or after reading the text? The answer is, 'It depends.' And any time that's the answer - students need a lot of modeling and practice." (Fisher, D., Frey N., & Lapp, D., 2008, p. 554) 

Working Definition

Elements of the text added to aid understanding or increase interest. In expository texts this may include headlines, charts, and text boxes. In narrative texts this may include flashbacks, symbolism, and point of view. In poetry it may include alliteration, and rhyme scheme.


The types of features are too numerous and varied to effectively produce a handful of meaningful prompts. Instead, find an outline of the numerous types of features with definitions in:

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