Text Structure Quiz

I created this text structure quiz to assess my students on how well they can identify patterns of organization: cause and effect, compare and contrast, chronological, problem and solution, sequence, and spatial. I used Scantron test documents to speed up the grading process, and I created two test forms to lower instances of copying and other forms of cheating. I hope that you find this quiz helpful.

Text Structure Quiz – This quiz contains nine passages, each of which is about ice-cream, and six questions where students match definitions to terms.  Each form contains the same questions, answers, and distractors.  I just shuffled the order of the 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. brooklyn

     /  March 9, 2021

    what is chronological order

  2. jean adams

     /  November 15, 2016

    Great quiz with a great theme. Ice-cream has always been one of my favorite desserts and I have always loved literature. Thank you!

    • tommyah

       /  December 5, 2017

      i agree i love literature too but i do not like ice cream that much

  3. jean adams

     /  November 15, 2016

    Great quiz with a great theme! – Ice-cream!!!

  4. Thabit M

     /  April 22, 2016

    This site is extremely useful. I am glad you are doing this. Thanks

  5. Mr.Dawit

     /  February 8, 2016

    needs a answer key

  6. hehe 123

     /  December 5, 2015

    nice job

  7. Candyshop300

     /  March 22, 2015

    Can you please give more quizzes please?

  8. DKNY

     /  February 18, 2013

    Can you post the answers to the RTF Quizzes?

  9. J Kooper

     /  November 19, 2012

    Was wondering if you could tell me the answer to number 7 on Quiz Form A RTF, the one that begins with “One time my mom and I made ice cream…” Am puzzled by that one!

    • Sorry this took so long to respond. I wrote that one as in chronological order, but I meant to confuse students into believing it was process writing. I teach my students that process writing (such as directions) could occur at any time, whereas chronological writing occurs at some specific time. Best wishes!


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