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Here are 32 short passage cards to help students identify different types of informational text structures. Five text structures are used: description, sequence (sometime called 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.
Black line versions of the cards are also included for printing on colored paper.
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 cards will work well for test prep, reading strategy centers, partner work, or with the whole class using a game like Scoot.
Contents of this set include:
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.
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About the Author
These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.
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