Text Structure Activities

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Text Structure Lesson: PowerPoint slide show about text structure including cause and effect, sequence, chronological, problem and solution, and compare and contrast with a ten question practice activity.
Text Structure Lesson PowerPoint

Text Structure Lesson 2 – This is a revision of the lesson that I taught last year. If I were trying to choose between the two text structure lessons, I’d go with this one. It’s an improvement over the previous lesson. This lesson features animated graphic organizers and a practice assessment at the end.
Text Structure Lesson 2 PowerPoint

Create a Text Structure Booklet – Create a booklet where each page includes a definition of the pattern of organization and an original example. If you decide to work with a partner, each definition must also include a picture.
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Text Structure Quiz – Here’s a quiz on text structure to test students’ understanding. This quiz contains nine passages, each of which is about ice-cream. Students read the passages and determine the pattern of organization. Then there are six questions where students match definitions to terms.
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Text Structure Quiz 2 – Here is another multiple choice text structure quiz. Students read musically themed passages and identify the text structure. This quiz contains 15 problems.
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Text Structure Quiz 3 – Yet another text structure quiz. This one is themed around inventions and patents. It contains nine passages and a total of 15 multiple choice questions.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Text Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 – 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.

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ELA Standards: Informational Texts

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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5 – 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.5 – 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.5 – Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.5 – Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.

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  1. Skyy Woodland

     /  October 16, 2020

    This site is fantastic

  2. Lisa

     /  October 24, 2019

    Can you check/verify the answers for #4 and #5 on the Text Structure 1 quiz? I think they may be switched.

    Thank you for all the work you put into this site.

  3. Pineapple

     /  February 12, 2019

    I am confused

  4. Somaya

     /  June 14, 2017

    Soooooooo helpful

  5. eden

     /  October 5, 2016

    i love this

  6. loretta

     /  March 1, 2015

    Your PPts and worksheets have made my life much easier as a teacher. I have spent many hours recreating slides for my students. Thank you for your support.

  7. Terri

     /  April 13, 2014

    The answers for the quiz on Text Structure A and B are not there, or they are very hard to read with all the question marks. Is there a way to get them or have it fixed? Thanks.

    I love these pages. 🙂

    • Those question marks started appearing after some browsers dropped support for Microsoft Proprietary HTML code used in the Word generated HTM files. I have replaced the bad code with good code. Most of the symbols should be gone except perhaps for weird marks and characters that Word automatically substitutes.

      Thanks for informing me of this problem.
      Comments like these encouraged me to find and fix the problem.

  8. Jessica Bolhouse

     /  April 8, 2014

    Thanks so much for this website! Super helpful in teaching my small reading group. I’ve used the PowerPoint presentation as well as the quizzes, and all have been valuable.

  9. Patricia

     /  February 14, 2014

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve done in creating this site! Awesome!

  10. loredana

     /  May 20, 2013

    This site is fantastic! Books don’t teach this part of reading and they are super important when it comes to standardized tests. It’s great! I use it with all my classes.

  11. David

     /  April 15, 2013

    THANK YOU! This is very helpful. I teach 7th grade ELA, and these tools will be invaluable in teaching patterns of organization!

  12. Ms. P. Quarcoo

     /  September 27, 2012

    Excellent work. Thanks

  13. Annarose

     /  March 15, 2011

    okay…last thing…THIS ROCKS!!! this was EXTREMELY helpful…i recommend this to all teachers

  14. Annarose

     /  March 15, 2011

    OOOOOOHHHHHH! my son, Ben, just told me he got an A+ in his reading test on IDENTIFYING TEXT STRUCTURES!…i gave him an extra redvelvet cupcake…he hates reading…he lives for Math and gymnastics and pizza…a very good improvemant…Daddy was proud!( so was Mommy…thats me)

  15. Annarose

     /  March 15, 2011

    Very good tips…i tried ALL of them and they were AWESOME!!! 1 little girl (Olivia Ollivander) said, ” Do they sell books on this stuff?”…love it!


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