Compare and Contrast Structures — Playlist and Teaching Notes
In this playlist, students explore standard RI.5.5. They learn how to identify the structure of an informational text and how to compare and contrast the overall structures of two texts. Students are guided through three examples, two of identifying the structure of a singular paragraph and one of comparing and contrasting the structure of those paragraphs. Students apply what they learned by reading two excerpts and writing a paragraph comparing the structures. Students also have the option to view instructional videos and complete practice quizzes or activities.

The playlist includes:
• Two links to practice quizzes or activities
• Three links to instructional videos or texts
• Definitions of key terms, such as chronology
• Excerpts from “How Do Coral Reefs Form?” by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and “Coral Bleaching: Turning Up the Heat” by National Park Service
• A self-check quiz consisting of informational passages, such as an excerpt from “Benjamin Franklin” by Mary Stoyell Stimpson and others, and two multiple choice questions and two fill-in-the-blank questions

Accompanying Teaching Notes include:
• Activities for students, such as comparing and contrasting text structures in groups
• Writing prompts for students, such as writing paragraphs using different structures
• Links to additional resources, such as strategies for teaching text structure
• An accompanying answer guide with correct answers, answer choice rationales, and DOK level

For more teaching and learning resources on standard RI.5.5, visit
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