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Work on identifying text structure with this thorough worksheet. After studying a diagram depicting six different text structures (compare/contrast, spatial, chronological, problem and solution, cause and effect, and order of importance/sequence), middle schoolers read 11 passages, determine the text structure, and put the text into the appropriate graphic organizer. Use this lesson to work on comparing and contrasting text structures. What does each provide? What is the purpose of each?
Using text structure lesson plans can help students improve their understanding of what they read.
Young scholars recognize that science writing is organized in identifiable patterns called text structures. Understanding and using these different text structures help refine students' abilities to read and write in science.
Students learn the five text structures.  For this reading and writing lesson, students learn what text structures are and what clues to use to identify them.  Students read Stopping a Toppling Tower and identify the text structure.
In this reading comprehension practice worksheet, students read a brief selection and then respond to 5 multiple choice questions regarding summarizing and text structure.
Pupils create a thematic booklet containing examples of different types of expository text structures. They explore a variety of expository text structures.
For this text structure worksheet, students read the story 'All About Trains' and answer the questions about text structure. Students answer 5 questions.
Middle schoolers work on comparing and contrasting different text structures with this project. First, they study an example of a sample page in a booklet, which they go on to use as a model. They complete a booklet with text structure, terms, and definitions. Terms include chronological, cause and effect, sequence/order of importance, spatial, and problem and solution.
Students gain a strong foundation for reading, writing, and using nonfiction through this lesson. They gain an awareness and general understanding what text structures are. Students also identify and interpret what clues they can use to identify the text structure of a piece of writing.
Learners investigate the purpose of expository text. In this expository text lesson, students read an article. They identify the main idea of the passage, the text structures and text organization using Kagan Structures. They define the words narrative, expository, fiction, and non-fiction and take a quiz based on the lessons.
Explore text structure in a nonfiction guided reading lesson where readers, over a period of five days, examine the book Mount Everest. Individuals mark examples of nonfiction text structures with Post-it notes, define important vocabulary, take notes on the material, and share how a particular nonfiction text feature helped them to comprehend the text.
In this reviewing elements of text structure in the story, "Girl Saves Cat Trapped in Snow" learning exercise, students read the short story and observe the illustration to help them answer comprehension questions. Students choose 5 multiple choice answers.
Young readers go through a brief passage about a brother and a sister to practice comparing and contrasting. After they read the story, they respond to five multiple choice questions that require them to compare and contrast and analyze text structure. A home activity can extend your literacy lesson.
In this author's purpose and text structure worksheet, students read the story 'Fighting the Floodwaters' and answer the questions about author's purpose or text structure. Students answer 5 questions.
Students explore the patterns of text structure to anticipate the kind of information that a reading might present. The lesson examines some of the components of reading writing and using nonfiction.
The ending of a text is the author's final word and last chance to reinforce his message. W.W. Jacob's ending for "The Monkey's Paw" is no exception to this rule. The narrator of the video takes a close look at the way the story closes by rereading the final paragraphs and relating these final words to the theme of the story. She takes it a step further by imagining an alternate ending and commenting on how that ending would alter the author's message. The idea is strong; however, the guided notes on the page do not correspond with the lesson, and the narrator has some pacing issues.
As the second video in a series on how to closely read an informational text, this resource illustrates the process of identifying how one segment of a reading contributes to the overall development of the text. Rather than presenting the video itself, you may wish to preview the video on your own and use the main instructional points in your own teaching, as well as utilize the provided text and lesson plan slides.
Family is a wonderful subject for little learners to get excited about. Family is also the theme for a social studies unit that uses literacy standards throughout. The guide outlines approximately three weeks of instruction and breaks down each Common Core standard addressed by tasks or questions the children will complete or be able to answer. The kids will become experts on the topic of family through reading, writing, and discussion. The only thing missing in this resource is an art project. What is kindergarten without an art project?
Introduce young readers to informational texts with a well-designed, ready-to-use, and Common Core-aligned unit. Young readers will learn a variety of skills while studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). As the first lesson in this unit, the primary focus of the lesson is learning to use the norms of class discussion as well as close reading practices. Your young readers will learn and practice strategies such as rereading, annotating, identifying key vocabulary, and summarizing. Making use of great instructional strategies, this unit is a must see! Note: The level of text complexity for this module would most likely make it appropriate for older grades as well.
Lesson 6 of this extensive unit finally has your class begin to work their way through specific articles from the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Before examining the rights actually detailed in the document, have your class guess what rights might be included with a "give one, get one" activity. Individuals brainstorm a list of rights they imagine might be in the UDHR, and then walk around, sharing and recording the ideas of their classmates. Afterward, delve into Article 2 with your class, modeling close reading strategies and completing corresponding sections of the note-catcher. Individuals will do Article 3 independently. Note: See additional materials for an index of the unit's lessons. 

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