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In a newsletter format, articles about the Civil War are presented in different nonfiction text structures. Students read the newsletter and then complete a chart that identifies the text structure, signal words, author's purpose, and a useful graphic organizer. There is also an option to select two of the articles and complete a graphic organizer for each.
This activity covers the following text structures: chronological or sequential, main idea, compare and contrast, cause and effect, or problem and solution.
This edition includes a Working with a Nonfiction Text activity as well. Students read a passage about the differences between the North and the South, sorting the information into a graphic organizer.
* Aligned with language arts standards relating to organizational patterns in nonfiction texts as well as Virginia's SOL: US History to 1865 (USI.9).