Using text features to locate information | Reading | Khan Academy


- [David] Hello, readers. Today we're going to talk about how to use text features

to find information in a piece of nonfiction writing like a textbook, an encyclopedia entry or a news article.

Information in these texts is organized with a specific purpose in mind.

The author wants you to be able to read the text features like a map so you can find the information that you need.

So the first text feature I wanna talk about today is the title and that's just the name

at the top of a piece of writing. And its purpose is to tell you

really what you're about to read. Let me give you an example.

We can see this article here, this text in yellow, this is the title and it says, "All about Pets."

What does that tell us about the content of this writing? It's gonna be all about pets.

Now below it, in green, you can see three examples of the next kind of text feature that I wanna talk about,