Here are 32 multiple choice task cards to help students identify different types of informational text structures. For the purposes of these cards, five text structures are used: description, sequence (sometime called or used in addition to chronological), compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Each card features a short informational paragraph (with signal words and phrases included) and a choice of text structures. There is also a Challenge Card that can be used with any other card in the set which asks students to explain how they found the correct answer.
In addition, there is handout/poster explaining the five structures, as well as a student answer sheet and answer key so that students can check their work. These task will work well for test prep, reading strategy centers, partner work, or with the whole class using a game like Scoot.
These cards will look best in color, but will also print out fine in grayscale. Simply print and cut along the guidelines. Laminate and use them again and again. Alternatively, you could print on cardstock. It works well to keep them in a baggie, envelope, or folder. Another option is to hole-punch a corner of each card and put them all on a ring.
Note: This zip file contains two nearly identical sets of task cards. The set shown in the free preview was designed for teachers who are using the Common Core Standards. This same set with the with term Nonfiction Text instead of Informational Text for those who are NOT using the Standards is also included in the zip file. The cards are identical except for the titles. Use the set that works for you.
This resource is aligned with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.8 Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5 Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
Note: This set was designed for teachers who are using the Common Core Standards. This same set is also available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store with term Nonfiction Text instead of Informational Text for those who are NOT using the Standards.
You can now purchase this set bundled with two other nonfiction task card sets (different from this one) right here
You can also get these same paragraphs in
An Informational Text Structures PowerPoint