These 2 different activites are great to accompany my interactive Smartboard lesson on text structures. After students learn about text structures (sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, problem and solution, and description), they can then practice the skill in two ways. First, many passages are given for each of the different kinds of text structure. You can cut these out, glue onto construction paper, and have students identify them (in groups, individually at desk, or in a center). Another activity involves writing short paragraphs on the same topic with each of the 5 different kind of text structures. (Again this can be done with partners, individually, or at a center). Great practice before state mandated tests or can be used as assessment pieces.