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Lesson 6: Reading for understanding: informational text

# Interpreting text features | Reading

Let's talk about text features! Text features include resources like charts, maps, images, timelines, and other parts of a passage that aren't just the words! They can help readers navigate the text and visualize information. They're just as important to comprehending a text as the words themselves.

## Want to join the conversation?

• At what is the red then orange then yellow then green what is that?
• Do you mean the little bar in the upper left corner of the small map?

I think that is the elevation from sea level. The greener it is, the closer the ground is to sea-level. As you look toward the mountains, the colors are turning yellow, orange, and red, to show the ground has a higher altitude.
• Does science use evidence?
• Yes. Just as an author may use evidence to support a claim, a scientist will use evidence determined through experimentation to answer a hypothesis and support a conclusion.
• What is interpreting text?
• If you interpret text, you use clues that you find to determine the meaning of something.
• Why is the moon capable of blocking the sun? At
(1 vote)
• What is a timeline?
• A timeline is a display of a list of events in chronological order.[1] It is typically a graphic design showing a long bar labelled with dates paralleling it, and usually contemporaneous events.

Timelines can use any suitable scale representing time, suiting the subject and data; many use a linear scale, in which a unit of distance is equal to a set amount of time. This timescale is dependent on the events in the timeline. A timeline of evolution can be over millions of years, whereas a timeline for the day of the September 11 attacks can take place over minutes, and that of an explosion over milliseconds.[2] While many timelines use a linear timescale—especially where very large or small timespans are relevant -- logarithmic timelines entail a logarithmic scale of time; some "hurry up and wait" chronologies are depicted with zoom lens metaphors.