Questions for your text feature lesson plans to help promote higher level thinking in 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders

Higher Order Questions for Your Text Feature Lessons

Questions for your text feature lesson plans to help promote higher level thinking in 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders

When we question our students about text features, we often focus too much on having students identify different nonfiction text features.  While this is essential, it is equally important to get our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students thinking more deeply about text features - moving past knowledge and recall questions and into more higher order thinking questions.

Below, find text feature questions you can include in your upper elementary lesson plans for each of the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.  You'll find a free pdf printable of these questions at the bottom of the webpage.

Knowledge Questions

  • List all of the text features you found on this page.
  • Circle the heading.
  • Describe the diagram.
  • Draw an example of bold letters.
  • Explain where you would find the table of contents of a book.
  • Point at the bullet points on this page.

Comprehension Questions

  • Explain what a table is in your own words.
  • How are a photograph and an illustration different?
  • How are captions and labels alike?
  • Which text feature best supports the main idea of this paragraph?
  • What text feature should you use to figure out the meaning of a word: an index or a glossary?  Why?
  • Based on the text features in this book, what do you think the book will be about?

Use this free text features chart to help your students learn about the purposes of different nonfiction text features.

Application Questions

  • How could you use the title or headings of this book to predict the main idea?
  • In what other situations would bold letters be useful?
  • What caption would you write for this photograph?
  • What text features would you include if you were writing an article on basketball?
  • Organize the information in this paragraph into a table or chart.
  • Write an appropriate heading for this paragraph.
Text Feature Activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade - posters, charts, no prep activities, task cards, scavenger hunts, and more

Want to make your lesson planning even easier?  Find everything you need to teach nonfiction text features in this Text Features Bundle.  

There are posters, task cards, no prep activities, reading passages, and more to help your students have a deep and thorough understanding of text features and their purposes.

Analysis Questions

  • How do the text features on this page relate to each other?
  • If you were asked to divide the text features on this page into 2 groups, how would you categorize them?
  • What inference can you make about this book based on its text features?
  • How do the text features on this page relate to the text?
  • Compare and contrast two of the text features on this page.
  • Explain the different parts of this diagram or chart.  What text features are included within the diagram or chart?

Evaluation Questions

  • Which text feature was most useful in helping you understand the text?  Why?
  • Which text feature was least helpful to you in understanding the text?  Why?
  • Where in the text could the author have added a table, chart, or diagram?
  • Which text feature do you think is the most important to nonfiction books?  Why?
  • Why do you think the author chose to add this text feature?
  • Which text feature did the author use most effectively?  Defend your reasoning.

Synthesis Questions

  • Write a nonfiction article that includes at least 6 different text features.
  • Create an additional text feature for this book.
  • How would this book have been different if the author hadn't included any photographs or illustrations?
  • Choose one of the text features on the page and write your own paragraph to support the text feature.
  • What text feature could be added to help you understand the text better?
  • How would the book have been different if the author had not included any headings or titles?

Download a free pdf version of these questions here: Text Feature Questions for Higher Level Thinking

You. might also like these other text feature ideas and activities or these other questions for higher level thinking in upper elementary. 

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A no prep resource to help your students learn the purposes of the most common text features!

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    1. Thank you for these resources. They have helped me a lot. These are very interactive and helps my students to use their higher level thinking skills.

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        Thanks for pointing that out! I plan on turning this information into a pdf document so that its easier to print, so come back and check for that!

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