Description - Text Structure Task Cards - Print and Easel Versions

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Classroom in the Middle
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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59 pages
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With these Description Task Cards, students learn to really understand the descriptive text structure using a variety of activities for plenty of practice on this essential reading comprehension skill.

With the task cards, students practice identifying this text structure using descriptive elements such as details, characteristics, features, imagery, and examples as well as key words. The activities on the cards include:

  • identifying what is being described
  • identifying sensory details
  • locating descriptive words
  • completing a graphic organizer
  • drawing an illustration
  • sorting
  • matching
  • writing description

These task cards are designed specifically for middle school and upper elementary kids. The cards are large – two cards per page and have more content per card than many of the smaller task cards – perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card.

Included with this set is a blank answer sheet for students to fill in their answers.

Task cards are great for whole class games or activities like centers, stations, or partner work. Individual cards can also be selected for review work as needed. With thirty cards including a variety of activities, they should work well with kids at a range of ability and skill levels. Included in this resource is a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and a list of suggestions for easy differentiation with task cards.

These task cards support the Common Core standards for reading informational text, identifying text structures, using text-based evidence, and reading proficiently with understanding.

This set of task cards have content and graphics designed for middle school and upper elementary students.

The Easel Activity is a digital version that is ready to use with one card per slide. It is ready for student use with answer boxes and directions already in place.

For the Google Slides version, see Description – Text Structure Task Cards and Google Slides.

This task card set is also available in a package with a descriptive text structure slide presentation.

For more language arts and reading task cards, including sets for each text structure and each story element, see: Task Cards.

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Total Pages
59 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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