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What is a Text Feature?

What are text features, why are text features important, and how are text features used? In this video Otis finds Pearl reading all about Narwhals! He thinks that Narwhals are amazing creatures, but doesn’t believe that they are real. Pearl teaches him facts about Narwhals using her favorite book! Learn more below about text features in nonfiction books.

What are Text Features in Reading?

What are text features in a book? Text features are parts of the text that organize important information. Text features can be used in fiction and nonfiction texts. Today we learned about text features in nonfiction texts. Remember, nonfiction texts are texts that are real and happen in real life, while fiction texts are made up and often include things that can not happen in real life such as animals talking.

Types of Text Features

What does text features mean and what are the different types of text features? There are many different text features in nonfiction. In this video, we learned about three different types of nonfiction text features.

  • Text features table of contents: One text feature we learned about is the table of contents! The table of contents is always found at the beginning of a book. It has a list of chapters or topics in the book. If you look to the right, you can find what page it starts on in the book!

  • Text features heading: Another text feature we learned about is heading! The heading is a short phrase usually found above the rest of the text. It tells the reader what the following text is all about.

  • Text features caption: The last text feature we learned about is the caption! A caption is a short phrase or explanation that is above, under, beside, and, even sometimes on a picture.

Text Features Examples

Take a look at the nonfiction text features practice picture below, which type of text feature do you notice?


In this picture we can see a picture with a phrase underneath. This type of text feature is the caption! The caption here gives us additional information about the book.

Nonfiction Text Features - Summary

Today we learned about informative text features and how they help us to understand a text better. Understanding informational text features can help you to know more about a text.

Informational Text Features – Additional Practice

At the end of this nonfiction text features video there is continued practice of text features through interactive exercises and text features worksheet.

Text Features definition:

Text features: parts of the text that organize important information. For example, heading, caption, and table of contents.

Transcript Text Features

: "Hey Pearl, what are you looking at?" : "Oh, just reading about narwahls (...) I wish I could meet one in real life!" : "If they existed that would be so cool!" : "What do you mean? Narwahls ARE real." : "Huh? No, they aren't!" : "Yes, they are! Here, I'll show you all about them!" Pearl is trying to convince Otis that Narwahls exist. She can use text features to give him key information and facts about these cool sea creatures. What are text features? Non-fiction texts have features, or parts, that show important information next to the words in the text. Remember, non-fiction texts are ones that tell you facts and information. There are lots of different kinds of text features! Today we will learn about three different types of text features... table of contents (...) headings (...) and captions! : "This is my favorite book about Narwhals, it has so much information!" : "Where do you want to start?" : "What's all this?" : "This is the table of contents, it's always at the beginning of a book!" : "It's a list of topics or chapters that are in the book (...) and if you look at the number next to the topic, you can find what page it starts in the book!" : "Wow, I never knew that!" : "Hm, okay, let's start with basic facts on page six." : "Woah, that's a lot of information!" : "It's the heading and basic facts." : "Heading? What do you mean?" : "Look here, this is the heading, one of the text features." : "It's a short phrase that's usually above the rest of the text." : "It tells us, readers, what the part below is about." : "It says ten basic facts about narwhals." : "And look, here are the ten facts!" : "What about that, under the picture?" : "I almost forgot!" : "That's the caption, it's a short explanation that sometimes appears with pictures." : "When you see it next to, above, below, or sometimes even ON a picture, it gives you details about the picture." : "Narwhals change color as they get older, oh, cool!" : "That's one of my favorite facts." : "Pearl, can we read more about narwhals?" : "Sure! Let's take a look at the table of contents again." : "That's where it tells us which pages different topics start, right?" : "It sure is, what do you want to look at next?" : "I wanna see 'a horn-like tooth' on page ten!" : "This is the heading, right?" : "A horn-like tooth' yep! That's the heading." : "So, this page is all about the horn?" : "That's right!" : "Otis, look at the picture!" : "Wow, that's a big horn, I mean, tooth!" : "Did you see the caption?" : "It says it can be up to nine feet long!" : "Wow, that's pretty big!" : "Well, what do you say, Otis? Are you convinced that narwhals exist now?" : [sigh like he's giving up] "Okay, I guess narwhals COULD BE real sea creatures." : "D-did you see that?" : "Narwahls ARE real."