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This resource contains several activities and resources for you to use to explicitly teach informational text structures to your students.
NOTE: This text structures resource now has Google Slides™ versions and a Google Form™ version, making it ideal for digital distance learning and remote teaching! Please see the 3rd page of the PDF for details and the links.
1. Posters (For each text structure and poster that reviews all the text structures) **Also Available in Google Slides**
2. Essential Questions, Rubrics, and Student Checklist **Also Available in Google Slides**
3. Graphic Organizers and INB Templates **Also Available in Google Slides**
4. Text Structure Sort (or use as introductory texts) **Also Available in Google Slides**
4. Four Sets of Passages: One introductory set, one that is great for lots of practice, one more advanced, and one for paired text structure practice **Also Available in Google Slides**
5. Text Structure Writing Activity **Also Available in Google Slides**
6. Text Structure Task Cards Set 1 (Basic Review) *Also Available in Google Slides and Forms**
7. Text Structure Task Cards Set 2 (Paired Texts) **Also Available in Google Slides**
NOTE: The text structure task cards for Set 1 are available in a Google Forms version as well as a Google Slides version.
There are four sets of passages included in this resource. These text structure passages are available in a printable version and a Google Slides version:
Set 1: The first set includes one shorter, more focused paragraph per text structure. This set is best for introducing each text structure.
Set 2: This set of texts includes 12 different passages on varying topics for practice at identifying and proving text structure of texts. Each page includes a medium-length text and a question that asks the students to determine the text structure and write how they know. There is also a simple graphic organizer included (immediately after the passage) that the students can use to prove the text structure. Sample answers have been provided. This is optional but is a great way to get students to prove a text structure.
Set 3: This set includes paired passages on the same topic but with a different text structure. The students will read the texts, determine the shared topic, and then identify the text structure used in each text.
Set 4: This set includes one multi-paragraph passage for each text structure. Each passage in the set has the same overall topic of pollution. This set is more advanced and perfect for small-group lessons and/or lessons that focus on comparing and contrasting text structure.
***The variety of passages and activities in this resource will allow you to introduce and teach text structure as well as enrich and extend this skill.
All of the text structure activities in this resource are also included in a digital version to be used with Google Slides.
See page 3 of the PDF for the links to copy the digital text structure activities to your drive.
Check out the video preview to see what the digital text structure activities are like.
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The activities included in this text structure resource are aligned to the common core standards below. Some are better suited for RI.4.5 and some work better for RI.5.5.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5 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.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5 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.