Text Structure

During this unit, students will learn the following text structures:

  • Description
  • Sequence/Chronological Order
  • Cause & Effect
  • Problem & Solution
  • Compare & Contrast

Learning Targets:

  • Lesson 1: I can understand that writing is a form of communication. I can understand that writing is communicated different ways (text structures).
  • Lesson 2: I can define and describe the main characteristics of the text structures: description, sequence, cause & effect, compare & contrast, problem & solution.  (This lesson is broken down and teaches one text structure in depth per day, so it will take 5 days to complete.)
  • Lesson 3: I can determine the best Text Strucutre to use with a given Topic.  I can create topics that would fit best with the text strucutre patterns of: description, sequence, cause & effect, compare & contrast, problem & solution.
  • Lesson 4: I can determine the best graphic organizer for a nonfiction text.  I can create a graphic organizer that will work with each specific text strucutre: description, sequence, cause & effect, compare & contrast, problem & solution.
  • Lesson 5: I can use signal words as a strategy to identifying text structure.
  • Lesson 6: I can identify the strucutre of texts (sentences, paragraphs, and longer passages) by using the strategies of signal words, grphic organizers, and summary questions.
  • Lesson 7: I can write non-fiction text using the text structure patterns of: description, sequence, cause & effect, compare & contrast, problem & solution.

All About That Text Song

 

We will identify reasons authors would use each structure (purpose) and key terms in helping students identify each text structure.

Text Structure: Problem and Solution

Text Structure Chronological Order

Text Structure: Compare and Contrast

Text Structure: Cause and Effect

 

Learning Extensions:

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