Text Structure Task Card Bundle

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    This package of text structure task cards includes five sets - for five major text structures: cause and effect, chronological order, compare and contrast, problem and solution, and description. Each set contains thirty large cards with a variety of activities designed for middle school and upper elementary language arts or reading classes.

    By working with each text structure individually and in a variety of ways, kids learn to really understand the structures that authors use to create a great story. Here is more about each set:

    Cause and Effect Task Cards

    The cause and effect cards include examples with single causes and single effects, multiple causes, and multiple effects. The activities on the cards include:

    - Identifying the causes and effects in a short passage

    - Using cause and effect key words

    - Using cause and effect graphic organizers

    - Inferring causes and effects from a picture

    - Noting causes and effects in everyday situations

    - Making a flip chart

    - Illustrating causes and effects

    - Writing a paragraph using the cause and effect text structure

    Chronological Order

    With the this set, students practice identifying this text structure, organizing events from a passage in chronological order, and spotting key terms. The activities on the cards include:

    •Listing events in chronological order

    •Organizing events in order

    •Completing graphic organizers

    •Answering questions

    •Using key terms

    •Writing examples

    Compare and Contrast

    With these task cards, students practice identifying this text structure, locating similarities and differences in the text, and spotting key terms. The activities include:

    - Identifying key terms

    - Similar or different?

    - Find similarities and differences in short passages

    - Find similarities and differences in photos and drawings

    - Use graphic organizers

    Problem and Solution

    With the task cards, students practice identifying the text structure and its key terms. They identify problems, solutions, possible solutions, suggested solutions, and supporting evidence. The activities include:

    • identifying which sentence has a problem and solution text structure
    • identifying the problem and the solution in sentences
    • completing a graphic organizer to show the problem and solution in a short passage
    • answering problem and solution questions
    • completing a graphic organizer to show a problem with several possible solutions
    • completing a graphic organizer to show the steps to solving a problem
    • completing a graphic organizer to show a suggested solution and supporting reasons
    • illustrating a problem and its solution
    • writing problem and solution sentences using key words
    • making a flip chart


    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

    With a large variety of activities, these cards are easy to use to differentiate instruction in a class with mixed ability and skill levels. They address many of the Common Core objectives for reading literature and informational text.

    Task cards are great for centers, stations, small groups, and individualized instruction as well as whole class games like Scoot and Footloose.

    For more bundles of activities for reading and other language arts skills, see BUNDLES in this store.

    From Classroom in the Middle

    Total Pages
    90 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 Week
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
    Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
    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.
    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.
    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.


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