How to get user selected/highlight text from input control or text field control

I’m building an application that displays a form like an email. I have various parts of this email such as a ‘To’, ‘From’, ‘Subject’, and ‘Message’ sections. Each of these sections has pre-populated text that comes from the email components. However I need to be able to allow the user to select various parts of text from the 'Message" section and be able to know what region of text they selected. I’m a native iOS developer and natively I would implement the textView and textField delegate callbacks and i can know when and what text was selected. My question is how do I do this in ionic? I’ve looked into some touch methods for ionic controls but I’m not sure if these methods will solve my problem. If someone could guide me in the right direction or better yet, post an example of how to do this I would really appreciate it. Thanks!