Informational Text Structure Assessment | PDF and Digital |

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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  1. This nonfiction text structure bundle is designed to teach upper elementary and middle school students about the FIVE types of informational text structures in a way that will keep them engaged. It includes 92 nonfiction passages. This Common Core bundle contains a wide variety of text structure act
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Learning Objective

Using signal words or other clues from the text, students will read ten nonfiction passages and identify the text structure used by the author.


Nonfiction Text Structures Worksheets: This resource contains 10 passages. Students read each paragraph and identify the informational text structure used by the author.

It addresses the following five text structures:

→ Sequence

→ Compare and Contrast

→ Cause and Effect

→ Problem and Solution

→ Description

Students are also asked to defend their answers. An answer key is provided. (Each text structure is displayed in two of the ten passages.) This is a five page document (photocopied back-to-back will produce a two or three page document, depending upon if you want to use question #11).

The fifth page contains optional question #11. (In my classroom, this is given as a "bonus question". Students choose whether they want to answer this question. My district is using proficiency scales. Students who choose to answer this question has an opportunity to receive a score of 4 (advanced) on the proficiency scale. If a student chooses not to complete #11, the highest score he/she can get on the proficiency scale is a 3, which indicates proficient.) You can choose to give this page as I do, you could give it as extra credit, or you can just include it as part of your assessment!

Check the preview to get a sense for readability. The first passage is similar to most passages on the document. The second passage is the most difficult passage, in my opinion.

It can either be used as a practice worksheet or an end-of-unit assessment to your informational text structure unit.

********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.

2. TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review. Click on the Getting Started Guide to learn more about this version of the activity!

This assessment is also available in a digital format. If you are interested in purchasing the SELF-CHECKING DIGITAL VERSION OF THIS ASSESSMENT that is compatible with GOOGLE FORMS, click here.

These are some of the other nonfiction text structure products in my store.

(Nonfiction Text Structure Powerpoint

Nonfiction Text Structure FLIPBOOK (includes 10 days of lesson plans)

Informational Text Structure Worksheet Packet (including graphic organizers!)

Nonfiction Text Structure Posters

Nonfiction Text Structure Worksheets: Passages about Peanuts and Whales

Nonfiction Text Structure Craftivity (featuring 20 passages!!)

Nonfiction Text Structure Craftivity featuring US Presidents

Nonfiction Text Structure Task Cards (32 cards)

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
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.


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