SOS: Feature Find

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Feature Find
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With the focus on more rigorous standards, students have experiences with high-level informational texts at earlier and earlier ages. By focusing instruction on text features, teachers can support students to further focus in on what is most important, or essential to understanding, in a text. This Feature Find strategy focuses on the text features of song lyrics, interpreting the meaning behind the text features. (Fountas & Pinnell, 2001).


  • Download this image explaining text features. Make image accessible to students after reviewing.
  • Select the song Jazz Up: Nouns.
  • Download the song lyrics. You may want to print and copy lyrics for student working individually or in pairs.
  • Direct Instruction: listen to song played aloud and work through questions together, lead by teacher.
  • Guided Instruction: give students digital access to the song and lyrics. Allow students to work through questions in pairs, facilitated by teacher. You may want to included an answer sheet to record student responses.
    • What words are capitalized? Why?
    • What words are bold? Why?
    • What words are italic? Why?
    • What is the line under Grade Level: K-5 for?
    • Why is one stanza bold?
    • What does (Chorus) mean?
    • Why is the last line of the song bold?
  • Identify which text features from the image were included in song lyrics. Identify which text features were not included. Discuss why these features are not present, for example: there are no quotes because no one is talking.


  • Select a text containing targeted text features. Include lyrics and transcripts as text.
  • Based on skill and accessibility to technology, determine if lesson will be Directed or Guided, and if students will work individually or in pairs.
  • Find and explain reasoning for text features.
  • Discuss reasoning for why speci?c text features might be absent.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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